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Romanticism and the Re-Invention of Modern Religion

Romanticism and the Re-Invention of Modern Religion
The Reconciliation of German Idealism and Platonic Realism

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  • Publication planned for: March 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108429443

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  • Early German Romanticism sought to respond to a comprehensive sense of spiritual crisis that characterised the late eighteenth century. The study demonstrates how the Romantics sought to bring together the new post-Kantian idealist philosophy with the inheritance of the realist Platonic-Christian tradition. With idealism they continued to champion the individual, while from Platonism they took the notion that all reality, including the self, participated in absolute being. This insight was expressed, not in the language of theology or philosophy, but through aesthetics, which recognised the potentiality of all creation, including artistic creation, to disclose the divine. In explicating the religious vision of Romanticism, this study offers a new historical appreciation of the movement, and furthermore demonstrates its importance for our understanding of religion today.

    • Details the constructive aims of Romanticism to develop an aesthetic language for religion
    • Key philosophical terms are introduced and explained
    • Provides a detailed consideration of the philosophical and religious debates in Germany leading up to the start of Romanticism
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    • Publication planned for: March 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108429443
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Romantic Religion: Transcendence for an Age of Immanence:
    1. The romantic vocation
    2. Realism, idealism and the transcendentals
    3. Re-contextualising romanticism: the problem of subjectivity
    4. Re-contextualising romanticism: the question of Religion
    Part II. Give Me a Place to Stand: The Absolute at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century:
    5. The immanent absolute: Spinoza and Fichte
    6. Jacobi and the transcendence of the absolute
    7. Herder and the immanent presence of the transcendent absolute
    8. Moritz and the aesthetics of the absolute
    Part III. Romantic Religion: The Transcendent Absolute:
    9. Platonism and the transcendent absolute
    10. Schlegel: the poetic search for an unknown God
    11. Holderlin: becoming and dissolution in the absolute
    12. Novalis: the desire to be at home in the world
    Part IV. Our Romantic Future.

  • Author

    Alexander J. B. Hampton, University of Toronto
    Alexander J. B. Hampton is Assistant Professor in Christianity at the University of Toronto. He specialises in the philosophy of religion and religious aesthetics, with his research considering the role of poetics and Platonism in the shaping of the Christian tradition.

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