Acknowledgments Introduction Philosophy and Early German Romanticism The Literary Dimensions of Early German Romanticism Defining Romanticism Schlegel's Antifoundationalism Overview 1. Finding Room for the Romantics between Kant and Hegel Idealism: From Misconceptions to Post-Kantian Variations Searching for the Unity of Thought and Being: Idealist Jager versus Romantic Spurhunde Frank's Romantic Realists versus Beiser's Romantic Idealists On Why Schlegel Is Not Hegel Romantic Skepticism 2. Searching for the Grounds of Knowledge Jacobi's Salto Mortale Schlegel's Reaction to the Salto Reinhold's Elementarphilosophie Aenesidemus and the Shift from Principle to Fact of Consciousness Fichte's Move from Fact to Act of Consciousness 3. Fichte's Wissenschaftslehre: A Tendency to Be Avoided? The Foundations of Fichte's Wissenschaftslehre The Clash between Schmid and Fichte Fichte and Schlegel on Critical Philosophy Fichte's Mystical Errors The Spirit versus the Letter of Fichte's Philosophy 4. Niethammer's Influence on the Development of Schlegel's Skepticism Niethammer's Skepticism Niethammer's Appeal to Common Sense Schlegel's Philosophical Debut Schlegel's Critique of Niethammer's Appeal to Common Sense Schlegel's Historical Taxonomy 5. Critique as Metaphilosophy: Kant as Half Critic Revolution, Scientific Method, and Kant's Critical Project Critiquing the Critical Philosopher Away from Kant: Schlegel's Historical Turn 6. Philosophy in Media Res The Wechselerweis and the Search for Truth Philosophy "in the Middle":Between Fichte and Spinoza Destroying the Illusion of the Finite: Schlegel's Critique of the Thing Wilhelm Meister: Schlegel's Model of Coherence 7. The Aesthetic Consequences of Antifoundationalism The Modern Spirit of Romanticism Understanding, Misunderstanding, and Irony Irony and the Necessity of Poetry Notes Bibliography Index
Elizabeth Millan-Zaibert is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. She is the coeditor (with Arleen Salles) of The Role of History in Latin American Philosophy: Contemporary Perspectives and the translator of Manfred Frank's The Philosophical Foundations of Early German Romanticism, both also published by SUNY Press.
"...this book is a useful adjunct to the work of [Frederick] Beiser, [Andrew] Bowie and [Manfred] Frank." - Philosophy in Review "...Millan-Zaibert makes a significant and positive contribution to the growing list of contemporary scholarship in the area of early German romantic philosophy ... [she] does an excellent job of engaging Schlegel's thought in the context of Kant, Spinoza, Fichte, Hegel, and other heavyweight philosophers." - Kinesis "...[an] important book." - CHOICE "Millan-Zaibert makes a convincing argument that Schlegel has a very sensible and relevant philosophical position, and that it has been generally misunderstood and underappreciated. I believe everyone working in the field will be indebted to this volume and will work with it regularly." - Karl Ameriks, coeditor of The Modern Subject: Conceptions of the Self in Classical German Philosophy