This book is based on the comprehensive investigations of the literary forms of philosophy around 1800 conducted within research project 'Heuristics between Science and Poetry'. It presents new research on the debates on the concept of the symbol from the late eighteenth to the nineteenth century.
Introduction 1. Kant's Transformation of the Symbol-Concept 2. Mere Nature in the Subject': Kant on Symbolic Representation of the Absolute 3. Neither mere allegories nor mere history': Multi-layered Symbolism in Moritz's Andreas Hartknopf 4. Comparative Morphology and Symbolic Mediation in Goethe 5. Friedrich Schlegel's Symbol-Concept 6. Bread, Wine and Water: Hegel's Distinction between Mystical and Symbolical in the Spirit of Christianity and its Fate 7. All are but parts of one stupendous whole'? Henry Crabb Robinson's Dilemma 8. The Spark of Intuitive Reason: Coleridge's 'On the Prometheus of Aeschylus' 9. Emerson's Exegesis: Transcending Symbols 10. Pointing at Hidden Things: Intuition and Creativity 11. Aesthetic Cognition and Aesthetic Judgment 12. Afterword