Notes for a Romantic Encyclopaedia: Das Allgemeine Brouillon

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SUNY Press, 1 feb. 2012 - 320 pagini
Novalis is best known in history as the poet of early German Romanticism. However, this translation of Das Allgemeine Brouillon, or Universal Notebook, finally introduces him to the English-speaking world as an extraordinarily gifted philosopher in his own right and shatters the myth of him as a mere daydreaming and irrational poet. Composed of more than 1,100 notebook entries, this is easily Novalis s largest theoretical work and certainly one of the most remarkable and audacious undertakings of the Golden Age of German philosophy. In it, Novalis reflects on numerous aspects of human culture, including philosophy, poetry, the natural sciences, the fine arts, mathematics, mineralogy, history, and religion, and brings them all together into what he calls a Romantic Encyclopaedia or Scientific Bible.

Novalis s Romantic Encyclopaedia fully embodies the author s own personal brand of philosophy, Magical Idealism. With meditations on mankind and nature, the possible future development of our faculties of reason, imagination, and the senses, and the unification of the different sciences, these notes contain a veritable treasure trove of richly poetic and philosophic thoughts.

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Notes for a Romantic EncyclopaediaDas Allgemeine Brouillion
Extracts from the Freiberg Natural Scientific Studies179899
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Pagina xvi - ... world must be romanticized. If we do this, we shall discover in. it the meaning it had from )the beginning. The lower self becomes, through this process, identified with its higher self.
Pagina xvi - The world must be romanticized. In this way one rediscovers the original meaning. Romanticizing is nothing but a qualitative raising to a higher power [Potenzirung]. The lower self becomes identified with a better self. Just as we ourselves are such a qualitative exponential series. This operation is still quite unknown. Insofar as I give the commonplace a higher meaning, the ordinary a mysterious countenance, the known the dignity of the unknown, the finite an appearance of infinity, I romanticize...

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Novalis (1772 1801) was the foremost poet-philosopher of early German Romanticism. Universally acclaimed as a poetic genius for such works as Hymns to the Night and the unfinished novel Heinrich von Ofterdingen, he especially favored the fragment form for his philosophical meditations. The latter reach their climax in this volume, his astonishing plan for a universal science.

David W. Wood is a PhD candidate in German Idealism at the Sorbonne in Paris. He is the translator of Goethe and Love by Karl Julius Schröer.

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