On the Extension of Kant’s Elliptical Path in Hölderlin and Novalis

Karl Ameriks

in Kant's Elliptical Path

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693689
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745584 | DOI:
On the Extension of Kant’s Elliptical Path in Hölderlin and Novalis

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This chapter discusses similarities between Kant and the poet-philosophers Hšlderlin and Novalis with respect to the thought of an elliptical path governing humanity's movement toward a recovery of its moral and religious purpose. Kant's confidence in pure moral reason is contrasted with the more nuanced historical picture that the poets construct of our past course and future prospects. Despite many deep similarities, a significant difference between the creative writers and Kant lies in the fact that, as creative, the Early Romantics could see themselves as not merely analyzing contemporary cultural problems but as having a chance to directly reawaken humanity's practical capacities at a broad and primordial level, as explained in recent accounts such as Kneller's, of their extension of Kant's key notion of imagination.

Keywords: ellipse; romanticism; imagination; poetry; Hšlderlin; Novalis; Kneller

Chapter.  11651 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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