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The pursuit of the subject : literature as critic and perfecter of philosophy, 1790-1830.

Saul, N. (2002) 'The pursuit of the subject : literature as critic and perfecter of philosophy, 1790-1830.', in German philosophy and literature, 1700-1990. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 57-101. Cambridge studies in German.


Although the importance of the interplay of literature and philosophy in Germany has often been examined within individual works or groups of works by particular authors, little research has been undertaken into the broader dialogue of German literature and philosophy as a whole. Philosophy and German Literature 1700 1990 offers six chapters by leading specialists on the dialogue between the work of German literary writers and philosophers through their works. The volume shows that German literature, far from being the mouthpiece of a dour philosophical culture dominated by the great names of Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Heidegger and Habermas, has much more to offer: while possessing a high affinity with philosophy it explores regions of human insight and experience beyond philosophy's ken.

Item Type:Book chapter
Keywords:German, Germany, Literature.
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Publisher statement:© Cambridge University Press 2002.
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Date deposited:26 June 2009
Date of first online publication:May 2002
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