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The Impact of Idealism
The Legacy of Post-Kantian German Thought

Volume 3. Aesthetics and Literature


Ian Cooper, Christoph Jamme, Klaus Vieweg, Allen Speight, Stefan Matuschek, Richard Eldridge, Ulrich Pothast, Roger Scruton, Andrew Bowie, Felix Saure, Petra Lohmann, Ivan Gaskell, Stephen Houlgate
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  • Date Published: November 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107039841

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  • The first study of its kind, The Impact of Idealism assesses the impact of classical German philosophy on science, religion and culture. This third volume explores German Idealism's impact on the literature, art and aesthetics of the last two centuries. Each essay focuses on the legacy of an idea or concept from the high point of German philosophy around 1800, tracing out its influence on the intervening period and its importance for contemporary discussions. As well as a broad geographical and historical range, including Greek tragedy, George Eliot, Thomas Mann and Samuel Beckett, and key musicians and artists such as Wagner, Andy Warhol and Frank Lloyd Wright, the volume's thematic focus is broad. Engaging closely with the key aesthetic texts of German Idealism, this collection uses examples from literature, music, art, architecture and museum studies to demonstrate Idealism's continuing influence.

    • Shows how the historical development of Idealism contributed to a new understanding of cultural life
    • Discusses Idealism's influence on a diverse range of fields, including music, architecture and drama
    • Gives new insights into the works of major literary figures and theorists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
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    'This unprecedented collection by scholars from the UK, US, and Europe chronicles the rise of German Idealism and reveals its enduring influence on virtually every area of modern thought and action from philosophy to science, society and politics, the practice, criticism, and theory of the arts, and religion.' Paul Guyer, University of Pennsylvania

    'The Impact of Idealism is a monumental achievement, a bold attempt to fathom the legacy of German idealism in every sphere of culture. The extent and the depth of the enterprise, in its four volumes, is staggering. Nothing like it has been done before, and it is unlikely that anything like it will ever be attempted again. It is the product of an impressive array of scholars, virtually everyone who is anyone in the field. It is sure to be the standard work on the subject. Anyone whose work touches on German idealism, which is almost all of us, will need to read it.' Frederick Beiser, Syracuse University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107039841
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 182 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: idealism in aesthetics and literature Ian Cooper
    1. The legacy of idealism and the rise of academic aesthetics Christoph Jamme
    2. Hegel's philosophical theory of action: the concept of action in Hegel's practical philosophy and aesthetics Klaus Vieweg
    3. Tragedy and the human image: German Idealism's legacy for theory and practice Allen Speight
    4. Romanticism as literary idealism, or: a 200-year-old way of talking about literature Stefan Matuschek
    5. Idealism in nineteenth-century German literature Ian Cooper
    6. Idealism in nineteenth-century British and American literature Richard Eldridge
    7. Elements of Schopenhauer's thought in Beckett Ulrich Pothast
    8. German Idealism and the philosophy of music Roger Scruton
    9. The music of German Idealism Andrew Bowie
    10. 'Refiner of all human relations' – Karl Friedrich Schinkel as an idealist theorist Felix Saure
    11. Influences of German Idealism on nineteenth-century architectural theory: Schelling and Leo von Klenze Petra Lohmann
    12. 'Making a world': the impact of idealism on museum formation in mid-nineteenth-century Massachusetts Ivan Gaskell
    13. Hegel, Danto and the 'end of art' Stephen Houlgate.

  • Editors

    Christoph Jamme, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany
    Christoph Jamme is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lüneburg, Germany.

    Ian Cooper, University of Kent, Canterbury
    Ian Cooper is Lecturer in German at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

    General Editors

    Nicholas Boyle, University of Cambridge
    Nicholas Boyle is Schröder Professor of German Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow and former President of Magdalene College.

    Liz Disley, University of Cambridge
    Liz Disley is a Research Associate in the Department of German and Dutch at the University of Cambridge.


    Ian Cooper, Christoph Jamme, Klaus Vieweg, Allen Speight, Stefan Matuschek, Richard Eldridge, Ulrich Pothast, Roger Scruton, Andrew Bowie, Felix Saure, Petra Lohmann, Ivan Gaskell, Stephen Houlgate

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