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Friedrich Schleiermacher: Between Enlightenment and Romanticism

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  • 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, his work as a public theologian, as well as the formation and impact of his two most famous books, On Religion and The Christian Faith. Richard Crouter's essays examine the theologian's stance regarding the status of doctrine, church and political authority, and the place of theology among the academic disciplines.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    “The nuanced positions of the man in the context of his times are well presented and critically considered in this collection. Highly recommended.”

    "Crouter's treatment of these major works is engaging, and his deft handling of many of Schleiermacher's less-known writings further illuminates the subject of these essays."
    -Forrest Clingerman, Ohio Northern University

    "(A)nyone with a taste for thoughtful reflection and well-crafted prose will find reading these 11 essays a delight."
    -Robert W. Whalen, Queens University, German Studies Review

    "This collection testifies to the power of elegant and seminal essays. Crouter has painted a richly detailed and subtle portrait of a Schleiermacher rarely seen in the anglophone world...This collection should be required reading for anyone- specialist or passing acquaintance. friend or foe- who thinks she or he understands Schleiermacher...they are illuminating and invaluable essays."
    -Julia A. Lamm, Theological Studies

    "[Richard Crouter] is blessed with a gift for clear, elegant prose. Anyone wishing to find a completely reliable guide to Schleiermacher's achievement cannot afford to pass by this book. Crouter deserves highest praise for setting the historical record straight as well as opening up new vistas of interpretation for students of modern theology."
    -Paul E. Capetz, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, Minnesota, Interpretation

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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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