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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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Romanticizing Nature and the Self

Romanticizing Nature and the Self

(p.48) Chapter Three Romanticizing Nature and the Self
The Romantic Absolute

Dalia Nassar

University of Chicago Press

This chapter offers a discussion of Novalis’ philosophy of nature, and his parallel concern with education and moral development. It argues that in both instances, Novalis is concerned with “romanticizing” the world— whether it be through discerning the ideal in the real (nature), or instantiating the ideal through moral action— and argues that, for Novalis, understanding nature and undertaking moral action are interdependent activities. The chapter offers a detailed account of Novalis’ turn to the study of nature in 1797-98, demonstrates the significance and influence of Goethe on Novalis’ scientific practice, in particular, Goethe’s use of imagination in his study of nature. It then moves to explore Novalis’ notion of moral harmony, and shows that for Novalis, the activity of nature remains incomplete without moral activity.

Keywords:   Friedrich von Hardenberg, Goethe, romantic science, Goethe’s science, romantic novel, romanticism, Romanticizing, German romanticism, Naturphilosophie, history of philosophy

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