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Intellectual Intuition: With Hölderlin, “Lost in the Wide Blue”

  • William S. Davis
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Abstract

Friedrich Hölderlin’s novel, Hyperion, opens with fantas ies of the protagonist’s melding into unity with nature. These visions of oneness find a corollary in the novel’s setting within an idealized version of Greece. I argue that we can best understand the significance of Hyperion’s desire to be “one with everything” by considering it within the context of Hölderlin’s and Friedrich Schelling’s attempt in the 1790s to find a way to incorporate a dynamic view of nature into German Idealist philosophy, in part, by transforming the concept of “intellectual intuition.” Key to understand the novel is thus the idea of an intellectual form of intuition that opens possibilities of non-material connections with a world of things that are dynamically alive and interconnected.

Keywords

Hölderlin Schelling Intellectual intuition Hyperion Hellenism 

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  • William S. Davis
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  1. 1.Program in Comparative LiteratureColorado CollegeColorado SpringsUSA

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