The introduction serves to contextualize the question underlying the edited volume, namely: what are the reasons behind the recent rise of interest in philosophical romanticism? To do this, the introduction highlights key themes of romantic thought, distinguishes the meaning and significance of the term “romanticism” and how it is understood in the volume, and remarks on the (apparently sudden) rise of interest in philosophical romanticism. It argues that the recent interest in philosophical romanticism—by philosophers from a number of different fields (social and political philosophy, hermeneutics, philosophy of science, aesthetics)—is both unprecedented in size and unique in focus, in that it is specifically concerned with the philosophical aims and methods of romanticism. It then offers synopses of each of the chapters in the volume, emphasizing how the individual contributions seek to answer the question regarding the relevance of romanticism.
Keywords: romanticism, idealism, themes in contemporary philosophy, Friedrich Schlegel, Friedrich Schelling, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Friedrich Hölderlin, Novalis (Friedrich von Hardenberg), J. W. von Goethe, Gottfried Herder
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