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Romantic Science

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Author: Noah Heringman
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791486931
Size: 39.86 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : English literature
Languages : en
Pages : 296
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Book Description: Uncovers the vital role that new scientific discoveries played in Romantic literary culture. Although "romantic science" may sound like a paradox, much of the romance surrounding modern science—the mad scientist, the intuitive genius, the utopian transformation of nature—originated in the Romantic period. Romantic Science traces the literary and cultural politics surrounding the formation of the modern scientific disciplines emerging from eighteenth-century natural history. Revealing how scientific concerns were literary concerns in the Romantic period, the contributors uncover the vital role that new discoveries in earth, plant, and animal sciences played in the period's literary culture. As Thomas Pennant put it in 1772, "Natural History is, at present, the favourite science over all Europe, and the progress which has been made in it will distinguish and characterise the eighteenth century in the annals of literature." As they examine the social and literary ramifications of a particular branch or object of natural history, the contributors to this volume historicize our present intellectual landscape by reimagining and redrawing the disciplinary boundaries between literature and science. "This book displays interpretive brilliance. A stunning array of methods are applied to an extraordinarily wide range of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century texts, involving new readings of canonical works. It dramatically clarifies the relationships between major figures of the period, and brings to light texts, contexts, and controversies that have not been confronted in such detail in previous scholarly studies." — Donald Ault, author of Narrative Unbound: Re-Visioning William Blake's The Four Zoas

Romantic Science And The Experience Of Self

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Author: Martin Halliwell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317244052
Size: 78.71 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Philosophy
Languages : en
Pages : 284
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Book Description: First published in 1999, this engaging interdisciplinary study of romantic science focuses on the work of five influential figures in twentieth-century transatlantic intellectual history. In this book, Martin Halliwell constructs an innovative tradition of romantic science by indicating points of theoretical and historical intersection in the thought of William James (American philosopher); Otto Rank (Austrian psychoanalyst); Ludwig Binswanger (Swiss psychiatrist); Erik Erikson (Danish/German psychologist); and Oliver Sacks (British neurologist). Beginning with the ferment of intellectual activity in late eighteenth-century German Romanticism, Halliwell argues that only with William James’ theory of pragmatism early in the twentieth century did romantic science become a viable counter-tradition to strictly empirical science. Stimulated by debates over rival models of consciousness and renewed interest in theories of the self, Halliwell reveals that in their challenge to Freud’s adoption of ideas from nineteenth-century natural science, these thinkers have enlarged the possibilities of romantic science for bridging the perceived gulf between the arts and sciences.

Autobiography And Natural Science In The Age Of Romanticism

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Author: Dr Bernhard Kuhn
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409475328
Size: 55.86 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 182
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Book Description: Set against the backdrop of a rapidly fissuring disciplinary landscape where poetry and science are increasingly viewed as irreconcilable and unrelated, Bernhard Kuhn's study uncovers a previously ignored, fundamental connection between autobiography and the natural sciences. Examining the autobiographies and scientific writings of Rousseau, Goethe, and Thoreau as representative of their ages, Kuhn challenges the now entrenched thesis of the "two cultures." Rather, these three writers are exemplary in that their autobiographical and scientific writings may be read not as separate or even antithetical but as mutually constitutive projects that challenge the newly emerging boundaries between scientific and humanistic thought during the Romantic period. Reading each writer's life stories and nature works side by side-as they were written-Kuhn reveals the scientific character of autobiographical writing while demonstrating the autobiographical nature of natural science. He considers all three writers in the context of scientific developments in their own times as well as ours, showing how each one marks a distinctive stage in the growing estrangement of the arts and sciences, from the self-assured epistemic unity of Rousseau's time, to the splintering of disciplines into competing ways of knowing under the pressures of specialization and professionalization during the late Romantic age of Thoreau. His book thus traces an unfolding drama, in which these writers and their contemporaries, each situated in an intellectual landscape more fragmented than the last, seek to keep together what modern culture is determined to break apart.

Romanticism In Science

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Author: S. Poggi
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401729212
Size: 64.62 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 256
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Book Description: Romanticism in all its expression communicated a vision of the essential interconnectedness and harmony of the universe. The romantic concept of knowledge was decidedly unitary, but, in the period between 1790 and 1840, the special emphasis it placed on observation and research led to an unprecedented accumulation of data, accompanied by a rapid growth in scientific specialization. An example of the tensions created by this development is to be found in the scientists' congresses which attempted a first response to the fragmentation of scientific research. The problem concerning the unitary concept of knowledge in that period, and the new views of the world which were generated are the subject of this book. The articles it contains are all based on original research by an international group of highly specialized scholars. Their research probes a wide range of issues, from the heirs of Naturphilosophie, to the `life sciences', and to the debate on `Baconian Sciences', as well as examining many aspects of mathematics, physics and chemistry. History of philosophy and history of science scholars will find this book an essential reference work, as well as all those interested in 19th century history in general. Undergraduate and graduate students will also find here angles and topics that have hitherto been largely neglected.

The Cambridge Companion To German Romanticism

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Author: Nicholas Saul
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521848911
Size: 11.15 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 335
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Book Description: Explains the development of Romantic arts and culture in Germany, with both individual artists and key themes covered in detail.

Hans Christian Rsted And The Romantic Legacy In Science

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Author: Robert M. Brain
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 140202987X
Size: 59.39 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 442
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Book Description: This fascinating text is an exploration of the relationship between science and philosophy in the early nineteenth century. This subject remains one of the most misunderstood topics in modern European intellectual history. By taking the brilliant career of Danish physicist-philosopher Hans Christian Ørsted as their organizing theme, leading international philosophers and historians of science reveal illuminating new perspectives on the intellectual map of Europe in the age of revolution and romanticism.

Literature Science And Exploration In The Romantic Era

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Author: Tim Fulford
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521829199
Size: 32.46 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 324
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Book Description: Examines the massive impact of colonial exploration on British scientific and literary activity between the 1760s and 1830s.

A Concise Companion To The Romantic Age

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Author: Jon Klancher
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444308570
Size: 68.15 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 312
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Book Description: A Concise Companion to the Romantic Age provides newperspectives on the relationships between literature and culture inBritain from 1780 to 1830 Provides original essays from a variety of multi-disciplinaryscholars on the Romantic era Includes fresh insights into such topics as religiouscontroversy and politics, empire and nationalism, and therelationship of Romanticism to modernist aesthetics Ranges across the Romantic era's literary, visual, andnon-fictional genres

Romanticism And The Sciences

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Author: Andrew Cunningham
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 9780521356855
Size: 27.49 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 345
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Book Description: This book presents a series of essays which focus on the role of Romantic philosophy and ideology in the sciences.


Romanticism PDF

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Author: Frederick Burwick
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470659831
Size: 65.67 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 400
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Book Description: "Romanticism Keywords offers readers an invaluable collection of 70 key terms most frequently discussed by authors of the Romantic period--and most often deliberated and debated by contemporary critics and literary historians of the era"--