The Longing for Myth in Germany: Religion and Aesthetic Culture from Romanticism to Nietzsche

The Longing for Myth in Germany: Religion and Aesthetic Culture from Romanticism to Nietzsche[PDF / Epub] ✅ The Longing for Myth in Germany: Religion and Aesthetic Culture from Romanticism to Nietzsche By George S. Williamson – Heartforum.co.uk Since the dawn of Romanticism, artists and intellectuals in Germany have maintained an abiding interest in the gods and myths of antiquity while calling for a new mythology suitable to the modern age Since the dawn of Romanticism, artists and intellectuals for Myth PDF/EPUB ë in Germany have maintained an abiding interest in the gods and myths of antiquity while calling for a new mythology suitable to the modern age In this study, George S Williamson examines the factors that gave rise to this distinct and profound longing for myth In doing so, he demonstrates the entanglement of aesthetic and philosophical ambitions in Germany with some of the major religious conflicts of The Longing PDF/EPUB ² the nineteenth centuryThrough readings of key intellectuals ranging from Herder and Schelling to Wagner and Nietzsche, Williamson highlights three crucial factors in the emergence of the German engagement with myth the tradition of Philhellenist neohumanism, a critique of contemporary aesthetic and public life as dominated by private interests, and a rejection of the Bible by many Protestant scholars as the product of a foreign, Oriental culture According to Williamson, the discourse on myth in Germany remained Longing for Myth PDF/EPUB ¶ bound up with problems of Protestant theology and confessional conflict through the nineteenth century and beyondA compelling adventure in intellectual history, this study uncovers the foundations of Germany s fascination with myth and its enduring cultural legacy.

George Williamson is an assistant professor of history for Myth PDF/EPUB ë at the University of Alabama.

The Longing for Myth in Germany: Religion and Aesthetic
  • Paperback
  • 376 pages
  • The Longing for Myth in Germany: Religion and Aesthetic Culture from Romanticism to Nietzsche
  • George S. Williamson
  • English
  • 21 July 2017
  • 0226899462

10 thoughts on “The Longing for Myth in Germany: Religion and Aesthetic Culture from Romanticism to Nietzsche

  1. AC says:

    The poetry of the ancients was that of possession ours is that of longing The former stands firmly on the soil of the present the latter sways between memory and anticipation A.W Schlegel Whither does this mighty longing draw us This longing that is worthto us than any pleasure Why just in this direction, thither where all the suns of humanity have hitherto gone down Will it perhaps be said of us one day that we, too, steering westward, hoped to reach an India but that it wa The poetry of the ancients was that of possession ours is that of longing The former stands firmly on the soil of the present the latter sways between memory and anticipation A.W Schlegel Whither does this mighty longing draw us This longing that is worthto us than any pleasure Why just in this direction, thither where all the suns of humanity have hitherto gone down Will it perhaps be said of us one day that we, too, steering westward, hoped to reach an India but that it was our fate to be wrecked against infinity Nietzsche, Daybreak And indeed it wasThis is an interesting, albeit turgid account of the use and development of the conception of Myth in German Romanticism a conception that in many ways defined what was most essential about German thought in multiple spheres theology pietism Wissenschaft and, of course, in Politik.I no longer have the patience or interest at this point in my career to work through a 400 page analysis essentially of Creuzer s Symbolik und Mythologie der alten V lker something which I ve hadthan enough of in my professional life , so I only read the opening and closing of the book For those withinterest in this particular topic, and a strong stomach, this is definitely the book for you.There are many interesting observations offered, however, on the nature of German Romanticism and the author knows enough to realize that Martin Bernal is a crank and a charlatan, and Renan an antisemite and so the book can be trusted Romanticism in Germany arose out of an Enlightenment Die Aufkl rung infused and overcome by philosophical Idealism once again establishing, if establishment is needed, that without a sturdy materialism or, at least, a philosophical Realism to serve as a metaphysical foundation even if it is a dynamism of the sort offered by the Stoics or, indeed, by Marx , one s politics will likely go astray The Epilogue deals with the mythography of Alfred Rosenberg.Q.E.D

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