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The Mind—Body Problem in German Literature 1770–1830
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The Mind—Body Problem in German Literature 1770–1830: Wezel, Moritz, and Jean Paul

Catherine J. Minter


This study explores the role of philosophical anthropology — the question of the relationship between mind and body — in the novels and non-fictional writings of Johann Karl Wezel, Karl Philipp Moritz, and Jean Paul. Through a scholarly discussion of their ideas on human physiology and psychology, as well as the application of these ideas to their aesthetic and moral theories, the book suggests that these three German writers of the late 18th century share a common desire: to invest the physical world with spiritual significance. The study traces not only the development in the three authors' ... More

Keywords: philosophical anthropology, mind and body, Johann Karl Wezel, Karl Philipp Moritz, Jean Paul, human physiology, psychology, aesthetic theories, moral theories, Late Enlightenment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199255993
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199255993.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine J. Minter, author
Lecturer in German, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford

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