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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful, if slightly repetitive, book. Marvellous, 16 Aug. 2006
This review is from: The Romantic Imperative: The Concept of Early German Romanticism (Paperback)
I am a big admirer of Beiser's work and came to this after reading his other books on German philosophy. The use of this book for philosophers is that it takes the German romantics (the Schlegels, Holderlin, Novalis etc.) as serious figures in the history of ideas, rather than just aesthetes. Beiser discusses their views as philosophers, their contribution to politics, religion, and ethics, and importantly (and the reason why I became interested in Novalis and Holderlin as philosophers) their role in the shift from Fichte to Schelling. This period of philosophy is neglected in the English literature but hugely important: the Neo-Kantian Lask was a huge influence on Heidegger and inspired by a kind of Fichtean Romanticized Kant and the Romantics merging of Fichte with Schelling bears close resemblance with contemporary work in philosophy, such as that of McDowell. A really handy book. My criticism is that the chapters largely are adapted from independent, and mostly unpublished, papers and thus there is rather an overlap in the content. The author likes peruke jokes (I think it must be a type of wig)!
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