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Romanticism, Hermeneutics and the Crisis of the Human Sciences

1st Edition

By Scott Masson


242 pages

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First published in 2004. This study begins by surveying the field of modern hermeneutics. Noting its repeated crisis of self-legitimisation, it traces these to circular beliefs bequeathed by Romanticism that human nature is self-begetting, and can thus be known intimately and autonomously.

After providing a historical overview of how human nature had been understood, the focus shifts to the attack in Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria on Wordsworth’s 1802 Preface to Lyrical Ballads, and to a reading of some key Romantic texts. It reads Coleridge’s famous definition of the imagination as an attack on Romantic hermeneuticsm, roots in the traditional view that man has been created in Imago Dei. This title will be of interest to students of literature.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction – Two Worlds’ Words; 1. Modern Hermeneutics: The Development of Universal Relativity by Understanding Meaning in Terms of Truth 2. Hannah Arendt’s Study of the Human Condition 3. Wordsworth’s Understanding of Nature in the ‘Preface to Lyrical Ballads’ (1802) and the Hermeneutic Significance of Feelings 4. Shelley’s Organic Theology in Mont Blanc 5. Keat’s Eternal Urn; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index

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Routledge Library Editions: Romanticism

This set reissues 28 books on Romanticism originally published between 1940 and 2006. Routledge Library Editions: Romanticism provides an outstanding collection of scholarship which explores not only Romantic literature but the Romantic Movement as a whole, including art, philosophy and science.

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LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh