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Uncivil Unions: The Metaphysics of Marriage in German Idealism and Romanticism

Adrian Daub


“What a strange invention marriage is!” wrote Kierkegaard. “Is it the expression of that inexplicable erotic sentiment, that concordant elective affinity of souls, or is it a duty or a partnership … or is it a little of all that?” Like Kierkegaard a few decades later, many of Germany's most influential thinkers at the turn of the eighteenth century wondered about the nature of marriage but rejected the easy answers provided by biology and theology. This book presents an interdisciplinary look at the story of a generation of philosophers, poets, and intellectuals who turned away from theology, ... More

Keywords: Kierkegaard, metaphysical justification, Fichte, Schlegel, Sophie Mereau, Jean Paul, philosophy, cultural studies, theory, romantic poets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226136936
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226136950.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrian Daub, author