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The Romantic Conception of Life
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The Romantic Conception of Life: Science and Philosophy in the Age of Goethe

Robert J. Richards

Abstract

“All art should become science and all science art; poetry and philosophy should be made one.” Friedrich Schlegel's words perfectly capture the project of the German Romantics, who believed that the aesthetic approaches of art and literature could reveal patterns and meaning in nature that couldn't be uncovered through rationalistic philosophy and science alone. This book shows how the Romantic conception of the world influenced (and was influenced by) both the lives of the people who held it and the development of nineteenth-century science. Integrating Romantic literature, science, and philo ... More

Keywords: Friedrich Schlegel, German Romantics, rationalistic philosophy, science, Goethe, Humboldt, Friedrich, Caroline Schelling, Darwin, evolutionary theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226712109
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226712185.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert J. Richards, author