The Philosophical Foundations of Early German Romanticism

By Manfred Frank
Translated by Elizabeth Millán

Subjects: German Studies
Series: SUNY series, Intersections: Philosophy and Critical Theory
Paperback : 9780791459485, 296 pages, June 2008
Hardcover : 9780791459478, 296 pages, December 2003

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Introduction: "What Is Early German Romanticism?"

Lecture 1. On Early German Romanticism as an Essentially Skeptical Movement: The Reinhold-Fichte Connection

Lecture 2. On the Historical Origins of Novalis' Critique of Fichte

Lecture 3. On the Unknowability of the Absolute: Historical Background and Romantic Reactions

Lecture 4. On the Search for the Unconditioned: From Jacobi's 'Feeling' to Schelling and Holderlin's 'Intellectual Intuition'

Lecture 5. On Holderlin's Disagreement with Schelling's Ich-Schrift

Lecture 6. On Holderlin's Critique of Fichte

Lecture 7. On Isaac von Sinclair

Lecture 8. On Jakob Zwilling's Uber das Alles

Lecture 9. On Novalis' Pivotal Role in Early German Romanticism

Lecture 10. On Friedrich Schlegel's Place in the Jena Constellation

Lecture 11. On the Origins of Schlegel's Talk of a Wechselerweis and His Move Away from a Philosophy of First Principles

Lecture 12. On Schlegel's Role in the Genesis of Early German Romantic Theory of Art





Explores the philosophical contributions and contemporary relevance of early German Romanticism.


Often portrayed as a movement of poets lost in swells of passion, early German Romanticism has been generally overlooked by scholars in favor of the great system-builders of the post-Kantian period, Schelling and Hegel. In the twelve lectures collected here, Manfred Frank redresses this oversight, offering an in-depth exploration of the philosophical contributions and contemporary relevance of early German Romanticism. Arguing that the early German Romantics initiated an original movement away from idealism, Frank brings the leading figures of the movement, Friedrich Schlegel and Friedrich von Hardenberg (Novalis), into concert with contemporary philosophical developments, and explores the role that Friedrich Hölderlin and other members of the Homburg Circle had upon the development of early German Romantic philosophy.

Manfred Frank is Professor of Philosophy at Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, Germany. He is the author of many books, including The Subject and the Text: Essays in Literature and Philosophy. Elizabeth Millán-Zaibert is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. She is the coeditor (with Jorge J. E. Gracia) of Latin American Philosophy for the Twenty-first Century: The Human Condition, Values, and the Search for Identity and translator of The History of Philosophy in Colonial Mexico by Mauricio Beuchot.