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The Romantic AbsoluteBeing and Knowing in Early German Romantic Philosophy, 1795-1804$
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Dalia Nassar

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226084060

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226084237.001.0001

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Interpreting the Fichte-Studien

Interpreting the Fichte-Studien

(p.19) Chapter One Interpreting the Fichte-Studien
The Romantic Absolute

Dalia Nassar

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on Novalis’ so-called Fichte-Studien (1795-6), which Manfred Frank has described as the “most important contribution to philosophical romanticism.” It considers two competing interpretations of the Fichte-Studien and of Novalis’ relationship to Fichte, and argues that both overemphasize the significance and coherence of the text. The chapter illustrates that in these early notes, Novalis develops two mutually exclusive conceptions of being, only one of which remains in his later writings, and show that the conception of the work of art presented in the Fichte-Studien does not suggest an original or unique understanding of the meaning or role of art— but in fact mirrors Fichte’s understanding. The chapter concludes with the claim that, while the Fichte-Studien can offer insights into Novalis’ questions and concerns, it does not offer a consistent and cohesive philosophical worldview and must therefore be read alongside Novalis’ later writings.

Keywords:   Friedrich von Hardenberg, Fichte-Studien, Fichte, Wissenschaftslehre, transcendental philosophy, German romanticism, German idealism, history of philosophy, the unconditioned, the absolute

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