Although the importance of the interplay of literature and philosophy in Germany has often been examined within individual works or groups of works by particular authors, little research has been undertaken into the broader dialogue of German literature and philosophy as a whole. Philosophy and German Literature 1700–1990 offers six chapters by leading specialists on the dialogue between the work of German literary writers and philosophers through their works. The volume shows that German literature, far from being the mouthpiece of a dour philosophical culture dominated by the great names of Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Heidegger and Habermas, has much more to offer: while possessing a high affinity with philosophy it explores regions of human insight and experience beyond philosophy's ken.
• No other book treats the relation between philosophy and literature in such detail • Covers a long historical period • Features contributions from some of the most distinguished scholars of German studies
Acknowledgments; Introduction: German literature and philosophy Nicholas Saul; 1. Critique and experience: philosophy and literature in the German Enlightenment John A. McCarthy; 2. The pursuit of the subject: Literature as critic and perfecter of philosophy 1790–1830 Nicholas Saul; 3. Two realisms: German literature and philosophy 1830–90 John Walker; 4. Modernism and the self 1890–1924 Ritchie Robertson; 5. The subjects of community: aspiration, memory resistance 1918–45 Russell A. Berman; 6. Coming to terms with the past in postwar literature and philosophy Robert C. Holub; Bibliography.
Review of the hardback: '… a coherent account of the importance of philosophy for German-speaking countries emerges from these six chronologically arranged chapters … for anyone embarking on a course of study of modern German thought or who is looking for a point of orientation, it can be recommended, not least because it has few competitors.' Modern Language Review