Nature and Sentiment

Fred Dallmayr

in Return to Nature?

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134338
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135953 | DOI:
Nature and Sentiment

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Schelling's devotion to poetry and the arts made him a mentor and partial participant in the Romantic movement that was emerging. The movement was not simply literary and emotive, but also had a strong connection to German idealist philosophy. Examining Romanticism beginning with the German movement, turning to English Romanticism, and ending with New England Trancendentalism, follows the transformation from Schlegel's philosophy of infinite approximation through Wordsworth's unspoiled natural sentiments to Emerson's belief in cosmic unity and Thoreau's vision of solitary life. Many Romantics, influenced by Schelling, wrote philosophical works at the beginning of the movement before the disconnect between philosophical idealism and Romantic sentiment that characterized the later part of the movement. At that point, the union of spirit and nature dissolved in favor of individual retreat from the world.

Keywords: Schlegel; Wordsworth; Emerson; Thoreau; Romanticism; spirituality

Chapter.  9144 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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