By Peter Murphy
Dialectic of Romanticism offers an intensive new review of the classy and philosophical background and way forward for modernity. An exploration of the critique of modernism treats romanticism as vital to the advance of ecu modernism along the enlightenment and equally topic to its personal dead-ends and fatalities. The booklet additionally recovers options of civilization and civic aesthetics that are concurrently sleek and classically encouraged - and offers a counter either to romantic historicism and enlightened types of development. eventually, a retrospective critique of modernism analyses what occurs to modernism's romantic-archaic and technological-futurist visions after they are translated from Europe to the USA. Dialectic of Romanticism argues that out of the eu dialectic of romanticism and enlightenment a brand new dialectic of modernity is rising within the New global - one that issues past modernism and postmodernism.
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In 'The End of All Things' (1794) Kant addresses the 'frightful-sublime' expectation of the end of the world, whose source he locates in our horror at the thought of a meaningless creation 'like a play that has no end and reveals no rational intention'. In The Determination of Man (1800) Fichte asks: 'To what purpose this circle ceaselessly returning into itself, this game ever renewed and ever the same ... 13 It is not by chance that these examples present the aesthetic spectacle of history as play in the dual sense of game and drama.
Spengler insists that that which grows must die: the age of technological civilization has supplanted the age of culture. It is not by chance that Jiinger's mythical Gestalt of the Worker is dedicated to Spengler, who declared The Decline of the West to be the application of Goethe's morphology of organic life to the study of history. Meinecke's pious hope in 1936 that historicism can heal the wounds it has inflicted is as blind to the genesis of the 'German movement' as it is to its demise. Schelling stated that the meaning of the beginning is revealed in its end.
My heart is undermined by the consuming force which lies hidden in the totality of nature, which forms nothing which does not destroy its neighbour and itself. And so I reel in disquiet! Heaven and earth and all the active forces around me! '19 Werther's vision is already that of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, the philosophers of disenchanted nature. Their reduction of history to the blindness of the self-willing Will negates the teleology of history and empowers nature as the irrational other of reason and history.