Religion, Reason, and Culture in the Age of Goethe investigates how culture in the Age of Goethe shaped and was shaped by a sustained and multifaceted debate about the place of religion and religious difference in politics, philosophy, and culture, enriching our understanding of the relationship between religion and culture during this foundational period in German history.
Contributors: Frederick Amrine, Claire Baldwin, Lisa Beesley, Jane K. Brown, Jeffrey L. High, Elisabeth Krimmer, Helmut J. Schneider, Patricia Anne Simpson, John H. Smith, Tom Spencer.
Elisabeth Krimmer is professor of German at the University of California, Davis. Patricia Anne Simpson is professor of German at Montana State University.
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
BIC HRA, 1DFG, 2AB
BISAC LIT004170, LIT014000
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Table of Contents
"Über Glaubenssachen filosofieren": Wieland on Reason and Religion
Personal Impersonalism in Herder's Conception of the Afterlife
Clever Priests and the Missions of Moses and Schiller: From Monotheism to the Aesthetic Civilization of the Individual
"Then Say What Your Religion Is": Goethe, Religion, and Faust
Classicism and Secular Humanism: The Sanctification of Die Zauberflöte in Goethe's "Novelle"
Saint Mary's Two Bodies: Religion and Enlightenment in Kleist
Catholic Conversion and the End of Enlightenment in Religious and Literary Discourses
Sacred Maternity and Secular Sons: Hölderlin's Madonna as Muse
Leibniz Reception around 1800: Monadic Vitalism and Aesthetic Harmony
"The Magic Formula We All Seek": Spinoza + Fichte = x
Notes on the Contributors
Comprising ten well-edited, well-annotated contributions from prominent scholars, this collection breaks new ground as it elucidates the complex questions surrounding philosophy, religion, and society. . . . This book is an invaluable contribution to German studies. . . . Essential. CHOICE This is a timely, interesting and very varied collection of essays, well edited and with an engaging introductory essay by Elisabeth Krimmer and Patricia Anne Simpson. . . . (It) is original in examining "the duality of intellectual freedom and religious habituation" in . . . the culture of the Goethezeit, and in focusing in depth on an eclectic range of literary as well as philosophical texts. . . . Especially interesting are several attempts to relate a feminist perspective to the critique of theology and philosophy in some key texts of German classical drama and prose and (sometimes linked to that perspective) to explore the cultural significance of conversion to Catholicism and the use of its symbolic discourse in several important texts of the time. ARBITRIUM