Ranke's Romantic Philosophy

Frederick C. Beiser

in The German Historicist Tradition

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199691555
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731839 | DOI:
Ranke's Romantic Philosophy

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Chapter 6 is an investigation into the philosophy and intellectual roots of Leopold Ranke (1795–1886), who is one of the most symbolic figures of German historicism. Ranke's intellectual roots are found to lie deep in the romantic movement. Individual sections are devoted to Ranke's theory of historical explanation, his controversial views about historical objectivity and his dispute with Hegel. A final section treats Ranke's so‐called Airrationalism.

Keywords: Leopold Ranke; historical objectivity; romantic epistemology; irrationalism; ideas in history; Hegel

Chapter.  19583 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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