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The Romantic Conception of Life

in The Romantic Conception of Life

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780226712109
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226712185 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226712185.003.0013
The Romantic Conception of Life

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The positive pursuit of history can thus promote another kind of liberation: cracking thought encrusted by traditional presumption and surface interpretation, a new life. Historical reconstructions have incorporated wider biographical accounts than might be expected in a history of science and philosophy. Most histories of thought have centered their analyses on the detached ideas, theories, and observations of a period. A history of Romantic biology can, perhaps, more easily expose this underlying terrain, since the individuals involved tended to lead lives whose personal relations and emotional encounters cannot be easily ignored. Such a history can show more perspicuously that abstract ideas or even concrete observations might be sustained by a causal matrix volatile with ardent features.

Keywords: history; romantic; philosophy; science; liberation

Chapter.  1026 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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