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The Relevance of RomanticismEssays on German Romantic Philosophy$
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Dalia Nassar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199976201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199976201.001.0001

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“No Poetry, No Reality”

“No Poetry, No Reality”

Schlegel, Wittgenstein, Fiction, and Reality

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(p.163) 9 “No Poetry, No Reality”
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The Relevance of Romanticism
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Keren Gorodeisky

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199976201.003.0010

Friedrich Schlegel’s remarks about poetry and reality are notoriously baffling. They are often regarded as outlandish, or “poetically exaggerated” statements, since they are taken to suggest that there is no difference between poetry and reality or to express the view that there is no way out of linguistic and poetic constructions. In this chapter, I argue that Schlegel’s remarks should instead be understood as philosophical observations about a genuine confusion in theoretical approaches to the distinction between fiction and reality. I claim that this confused understanding of the distinction (1) is best appreciated by tracing the affinities between Schlegel’s and the later Wittgenstein’s philosophical projects, and that it (2) is not an object of the past, but a picture that is still shaping a contemporary debate in philosophical aesthetics.

Keywords:   Friedrich Schlegel, Wittgenstein, poetry, fiction, reality, feeling, ordinary

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