By Richard Eldridge

The essays during this quantity discover the ways that conventional philosophical difficulties approximately self-knowledge, self-identity, and price have migrated into literature because the Romantic and Idealist sessions. In a wide-ranging severe and philosophical dialogue, the individuals supply a philosophical knowing of the roots and nature of latest literary and philosophical perform, and tricky strong and influential, yet not often decisively articulated, conceptions of the human topic and of worth.

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Philosophy must effectuate itself - complete, fulfill, and realize itself - as poetry ... [Literature, as its own infinite questioning and as the perpetual positing of its own question, datesfromromanticism and as romanticism. [This means that] the romantic question, the question of romanticism, does not and cannot have an answer. Or, at least that its answer can only be interminably deferred, continually deceiving, endlessly recalling the question ... This is why romanticism, which is actually a moment (the moment of its question) will always have been more than a mere "epoch," or else it will never cease, 27 Richard Eldridge right up to the present, to incomplete the epoch it inaugurated ...

89. 17 Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy, The Literary Absolute: The Theory of Literature in German Romanticism, trans. Philip Barnard and Cheryl Lester (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1988), pp. 30, 31, 32. 18 Robert B. Pippin, Modernism as a Philosophical Problem (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1991), p. 50. 19 Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, trans. Norman Kemp Smith, 2nd edn. , 1933), Ax, p. 8. 20 Kant, Kritik der reinen Vernunft, ed. Raymund Schmidt (Hamburg: Felix Meiner, 1956), Ax, p.

Xii. Percy Bysshe Shelley, "A Defence of Poetry," in The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 2, 3rd. , ed. Abrams et al. (New York: W. W. , 1974), p. 632. Christine Battersby, Gender and Genius: Towards a Feminist Aesthetics (London: The Women's Press Limited, 1989). Lacoue-Labarthe and Nancy, The Literary Absolute, pp. 36, 83,112. /bid, p. 84. 33 Confession and forgiveness: Hegel's poetics of action J. M. BERNSTEIN CONSCIENCE: BETWEEN IRONY AND LIBERAL COMMUNITY hi writing a "phenomenology" portraying the fundamental forms or shapes of human consciousness, tracing them through their internal struggles and eventual self-generated dissolutions, Hegel must be construed as intending his philosophy to depart from the foundational, deductive, and naturalistic ambitions that constitute modern philosophy.

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