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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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The New Mythology

The New Mythology

Romanticism between Religion and Humanism

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(p.202) 11 The New Mythology
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The Relevance of Romanticism
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Bruce Matthews

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199976201.003.0012

Romanticism sought a new mythology to transform the fragmented echoes of the Enlightenment into a symphonic age of scientific knowledge, Bildung, and political freedom that would sanction the normative values for the future. Yet the difficulties that so concerned the romantics are still with us, chief of which is the damage we do to our natural environment. In 1804 Schelling warned that modern thought would inevitably lead to “the annihilation of nature,” and advanced as an alternative an organic form of philosophy whose mythology of nature offers the utopian potential and emancipatory power capable of perhaps liberating an engaged hope from its current bondage to our contemporary ideology of resigned irony that emasculates transformative political action.

Keywords:   new mythology, humanism, romanticism, religion, Schelling, Manfred Frank, Frederick Beiser

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