Conrad and the Philosophy of History: Youth, Poland, and the Romantic Past

Richard Niland

in Conrad and History

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199580347
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722738 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs

Conrad and the Philosophy of History: Youth, Poland, and the Romantic Past

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This chapter introduces the Polish philosophical background to Conrad's life and writing. By outlining the importance of Hegel's philosophy of history in nineteenth-century Europe, the chapter analyses the Polish response to this thought giving a detailed study of Polish philosopher August Cieszkowski, a relatively neglected figure. The chapter then outlines the clash between Romanticism and Positivism in Conrad's Polish heritage before concluding with a discussion of how these conflicting attitude to history and the nation appear in The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus.’

Keywords: Polish; Hegel; philosophy of history; nineteenth century; Cieszkowski; romanticism; positivism; history; nation; Nigger of the Narcissus

Chapter.  16192 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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