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Contagion : Sexuality, Disease, and Death in German Idealism and Romanticism - David Farrell Krell


Sexuality, Disease, and Death in German Idealism and Romanticism

Paperback Published: 22nd March 1998
ISBN: 9780253211705
Number Of Pages: 256

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Although the Romantic Age is usually thought of as idealizing nature as the source of birth, life, and creativity, David Farrell Krell focuses on the preoccupation of three key German Romantic thinkers - Novalis, Schelling, and Hegel - with nature's destructive powers: contagion, disease, and death. Krell brings to light little-known texts by each writer that develop theories about the intertwined beneficent and maleficent aspects of nature. Krell's investigations reveal that the forces of sexuality and life are also seen as the carriers of disease and death. The insights of Novalis, Schelling, and Hegel offer surprisingly relevant perspectives for contemporary science and for our own thinking - in an age of contagion.

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"Krell writes here with a brilliance of style that few other philosophers can match." - John Sallis

Introductionp. 1
Thaumaturgic Idealism: Novalis's Scientific-Philosophical Notebooks of 1798-1800
The First Kissp. 31
A Poetics of the Banefulp. 46
Touching, Contact, Contagionp. 54
The Artist of Immortalityp. 61
Tormented Idealism: Schelling's First Projection of a System of Nature Philosophy (1799)
First Projection: An Outline of the Wholep. 73
Sexual Opposition, Inhibition, Contagionp. 90
The Bridge to Deathp. 100
The Ultimate Source of Lifep. 109
Triumphant Idealism: Hegel's Early Philosophy of Nature in the Jena Realphilosophie of 1805/06
Nature's Seductive Impotencep. 117
Turned to the Outside: The Dialectic of Genitalityp. 126
Turned to the Inside: The Dialectic of Deathp. 145
Conclusion: A Triumph of Ashesp. 161
Notesp. 169
Annotated Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780253211705
ISBN-10: 0253211700
Series: Studies in Continental Thought (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 22nd March 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.09 x 15.29  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.4