Novalis: Philosophical Writings

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SUNY Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 194 pages
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This first scholarly edition in English of the philosophical writings of Novalis (Friedrich yon Hardenberg), the German Romantic poet, philosopher, and mining engineer, includes two collections of fragments published in 1798, Miscellaneous Observations and Faith and Love, the controversial essay Christendom or Europe, and substantial selections from his unpublished notebooks.

Novalis: Philosophical Writings is the first extensive scholarly translation in English from the philosophical work of the late eighteenth-century German Romantic writer Novalis (Friedrich yon Hardenberg). His original and innovative thought explores many questions that are current today, such as truth and objectivity, reason and the imagination, language and mind, and revolution and the state.

The translation includes two collections of fragments published by Novalis in 1798, Miscellaneous Observations and Faith and Love, and the controversial essay Christendom or Europe. In addition there are substantial selections from his unpublished notebooks, including Logological Fragments, the General Draft for an encyclopedia, the Monologue on language, and the essay on Goethe as scientist.

"In Stoljar's lucid translation, Novalis's writings come across as fascinating and seminal as they are in the German original; the collection is a veritable eye-opener for anyone concerned with the wide-ranging impact of the best of German Romantic thought on subsequent developments in European literature, philosophy, history, science, psychology, music, the visual arts, etc., in other words, across the entire cultural landscape through the nineteenth century to the present". -- Steven Paul Scher, Dartmouth College

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Miscellaneous Observations
23
Logological Fragments I
47
Logological Fragments II
67
Monologue
83
Faith and Love or The King and Queen
85
Teplitz Fragments
101
On Goethe
111
General Draft
121
Christendom or Europe
137
Last Fragments
153
Notes
167
Select Bibliography
185
Index
189
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About the author (1997)

Margaret Mahony Stoljar is Reader in German at the Australian National University. She is the author of Athenaeum. A Critical Commentary; Poetry and Song in Late Eighteenth Century Germany. A Study in the Musical Sturm und Drang; and translator of Under the Night's Edge. A Selection of Poetry and Prose by Johannes Bobrowski.

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