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Romanticism, Philosophy, and Literature

  • Michael N. Forster
  • Lina Steiner


  • Focuses on philosophy and its relation to literature in Romanticism

  • Written by scholars of philosophy, literature, and poetry

  • Examines the strengths and discontents of Romanticism


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Michael N. Forster, Lina Steiner
    Pages 1-16
  3. Philosophy

  4. Philosophy and Literature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Helmut Hühn
      Pages 173-192
    3. Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Jean-Luc Nancy
      Pages 217-227
    4. Rainer Schäfer
      Pages 229-244
    5. Michael N. Forster
      Pages 265-295
    6. Lina Steiner
      Pages 335-357
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 359-374

About this book


This book offers a broad re-evaluation of the key ideas developed by the German Romantics concerning philosophy and literature. It focuses not only on their own work, but also on that of their fellow travelers (such as Hölderlin) and their contemporary opponents (such as Hegel), as well as on various reactions to and transpositions of their ideas in later authors, including Coleridge, Byron, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Dostoevsky.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael N. Forster
    • 1
  • Lina Steiner
    • 2
  1. 1.Bonn UniversityBonnGermany
  2. 2.Bonn UniversityBonnGermany

About the editors

Michael N. Forster is Alexander von Humboldt Professor, holder of the Chair in Theoretical Philosophy, and Co-Director of the International Centre for Philosophy at Bonn University in Germany.

Lina Steiner teaches philosophy of literature and directs a research center on philosophy and literature at Bonn University in Germany.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Romanticism, Philosophy, and Literature
  • Editors Michael N. Forster
    Lina Steiner
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-40873-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-40876-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-40874-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 374
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Aesthetics
    Poetry and Poetics
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“This volume is another milestone achievement by the dynamic duo who … organized numerous international symposia and publications and thereby brought to new life the global study of the history of philosophy in general, and galvanized the study of philosophy and literature in particular. … The overall quality of the essays is very high, and several make seminal contributions to scholarship. … This very rich collection thus promises to be a welcome signpost to future research.” (Henry W. Pickford, SYMPHILOSOPHIE, Issue 3, 2021)