Classic and Romantic German Aesthetics (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)

Classic and Romantic German Aesthetics (Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy)

Language: English

Pages: 356

ISBN: 0521001110

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This volume brings together major works by German thinkers who were extremely influential in the crucial period of aesthetics prior to and after Kant. It includes the first translation into English of Schiller's Kallias Letters and Moritz's on the Artistic Imitation of the Beautiful, and new translations of some of Hölderlin's most important theoretical writings and works by Hamann, Lessing, Novalis and Schlegel. The volume features an introduction in which J.M. Bernstein places the works in their historical and philosophical context.



















yet ever remain faithful to her when it comes to the point of feeling pain and injury, and to the utterance of this feeling by cries, or tears, or abusive language. By their deeds they are creatures of a superior order, by their sensibilities mere men. I am well aware that we Europeans of a wiser posterity know better how to control our mouth and our eyes. Politeness and dignity forbid cries and tears. The active fortitude of the first rude ages has with us been transformed into the fortitude of

men whom Nestor had known in his youth. Now, I ask, if Minerva flings a stone which not one man, but several men of Nestor’s youth had set for a landmark, if Minerva flings such a stone at Mars, of what stature is the goddess to be? If her stature is in proportion to the size of the stone, the marvellous vanishes. A man who is three times bigger than I must naturally also be able to fling a three-times bigger stone. But if the stature of the goddess is not in keeping with the size of the stone,

() ‘Letter to Hegel,  January ’ ‘Being Judgement Possibility’ () ‘The Significance of Tragedy’ () ‘Remarks on Oedipus’ ()       Novalis From Miscellaneous Remarks () ‘Monologue’ ‘Dialogues’ ()     v Contents ‘On Goethe’ () ‘Studies in the Visual Arts’ ()   Friedrich Schlegel From ‘Critical Fragments’ () From ‘Athenaeum fragments’ () From ‘Ideas’ () ‘On Goethe’s Meister’ () ‘Letter About the Novel’

there are two types of material for each of these forms. Theoretical reason applies its form to representations and these can be subdivided into immediate (intuitions) and mediated (concepts) types. The former are given through the senses, the latter are given by reason itself (although not without help from the senses). In the first, intuition, it is up to chance whether they agree with the form of reason; agreement is, however, necessary in concepts if they are not to negate [aufheben] each

you recognize that all of your ideas, such as I have been able to gather from your previous remarks, are in even greater agreement with the Kantian principles of morality than you might have supposed. It is certain that no mortal has spoken a greater word than this Kantian word, which also encapsulates his whole philosophy: determine yourself from within yourself. The same goes for theoretical philosophy: nature stands under the laws of the understanding. This great idea of self-determination

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