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Friedrich Schleiermacher: Between Enlightenment and Romanticism


  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521012010

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  • Friedrich Schleiermacher's groundbreaking work in theology and philosophy was forged in the cultural ferment of Berlin at the convergence of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. The three sections of this book include illuminating sketches of Schleiermacher's relationship to contemporaries (Mendelssohn, Hegel and Kierkegaard), his work as public theologian (dialogue on Jewish emancipation, founding the University of Berlin) as well as the formation and impact of his two most famous books, On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers and The Christian Faith. Richard Crouter examines Schleiermacher's stance regarding the status of doctrine, Church and political authority, and the place of theology among the academic disciplines. Dedicated to the Protestant Church in the line of Calvin, Schleiermacher was equally a man of the university who brought the highest standards of rationality, linguistic sensitivity and a sense of history to bear upon religion.

    • Provides historical access to Schleiermacher as a thinker who draws from both Enlightenment and Romanticism
    • Shows Schleiermacher's versatility as a religious theorist, theologian, educator, and public intellectual
    • Crouter's book is based on the latest Schleiermacher scholarship in both English and German
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    Review of the hardback: 'Crouter's book is important for tracing the evolution of Schleiermacher's thought. … Crouter has long harboured a wish to write a biography of Schleiermacher, and his knowledge of the factors that shaped his life and thought make this book a valuable guide to understanding him.' Church Times

    'Crouter's essays are much more than occasional papers. Each is thoroughly researched and densely noted; Crouter's command of both the primary and secondary Schleiermacher literature is prodigious. Yet, for all their scholarly heft and discipline, these essays are charming, witty and graceful.' German Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521012010
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Taking the Measure of Schleiermacher:
    1. Revisiting Dilthey on Schleiermacher and biography
    2. Schleiermacher, Mendelssohn and Enlightenment theology: comparing On Religion (1799) and Jerusalem (1783)
    3. Hegel and Schleiermacher in Berlin: a many-sided debate
    4. Kierkegaard's not so hidden debt to Schleiermacher
    Part II. Signposts of a Public Theologian:
    5. Schleiermacher's Letters on the Occasion and the crisis of Berlin Jewry
    6. A proposal for a new Berlin University
    7. Schleiermacher and the theology of bourgeois society: a critique of the critics
    Part III. Textual Readings and Milestones:
    8. Schleiermacher's theory of language: the ubiquity of a romantic text
    9. Shaping an academic discipline: the Brief Outline on the Study of Theology
    10. Rhetoric and substance in the revision of The Christian Faith (1821–2)
    11. On Religion as a religious classic: hermeneutical musings after two hundred years.

  • Author

    Richard Crouter, Carleton College, Minnesota
    Richard Crouter is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, Carleton College, Minnesota. His many publications include the highly acclaimed Schleiermacher: On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers (1996).

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