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Enlightenment, revolution, and romanticism : the genesis of modern German political thought, 1790-1800
Beiser, Frederick C., 1949-
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Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1992.
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xiii, 434 p. ; 25 cm.


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They join the greatest boldness in thought to the most obedient character. So Madame de Stael described German intellectuals at the close of the 18th century, and her view of this schism between the intellectual and the political has stood virtually unchallenged for 200 years. This book lays to rest Madam de Stael's legacy, the myth of the apolitical German. In a narrative history of ideas that proceeds from his book The Fate of Reason, Frederick Beiser discusses how the French Revolution, with a rationalism and an irrationalism that altered the world, transformed and politicized German philosophy and its central concern: the authority and limits of reason.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Part I Liberalismp. 11
1 German Liberalism in the 1790sp. 13
2 The Politics of Kant's Critical Philosophyp. 27
3 Philosophy and Politics in J. G. Fichte's 1794 Wissenschaftslehrep. 57
4 The Political Thought of Friedrich Schiller, 1781-1800p. 84
5 The Early Political Theory of Wilhelm Von Humboldtp. 111
6 The Political Thought of F. H. Jacobip. 138
7 Georg Forster, the German Jacobinp. 154
Part II Herder and Early German Romanticismp. 187
8 The Political Theory of J. G. Herderp. 189
9 Early Romantic Political Theoryp. 222
10 The Early Politics and Aesthetics of Friedrich Schlegelp. 245
11 The Political Theory of Novalisp. 264
Part III Conservatismp. 279
12 The Rise of German Conservatismp. 281
13 The Political Philosophy of C. M. Wielandp. 335
Conclusionp. 363
Notesp. 367
Indexp. 429