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Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte

Ed. by Chapman, Mark D. / Vial, Jr., Theodore M. / Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm

In cooperation with Christophersen, Alf

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Volume 20, Issue 2


The Aesthetic Foundations of Romantic Mythology: Karl Philipp Moritz

Alexander J. B. Hampton
Published Online: 2014-03-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/znth-2014-0003


Largely neglected today, the work of Karl Philipp Moritz was a highly influential source for Early German Romanticism. Moritz considered the form of myth as essential to the absolute nature of the divine subject. This defence was based upon his aesthetic theory, which held that beautiful art was “disinterested”, or complete in itself. For Moritz, Myth, like art, constitutes a totality providing an idiom free from restriction in the imitation of the divine. This examination offers a consideration of Moritz’s aesthetics and mythography, before turning briefly to consider his influence on the authors of Early German Romanticism. An understanding of the role of Moritz’s thought supports a number of recent claims (Frank, Beiser, Bowie) that challenge the conventional reading of Romanticism. At the same time it allows us to see Romanticism’s unconventional realist theological programme, permitting us to overcome the problematic secularising readings of the movement. I would like to thank Kurt Mueller-Vollmer (Stanford), as well as Fredrick Beiser (Syracuse) and Lars Fischer (Cambridge) for their help with this project.

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The information regarding the publication year and volume number has been corrected. The previous information was: 2014, Volume 21, Issue 1. The correct information is: 2013, Volume 20, Issue 2.

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Published Online: 2014-03-01

Published in Print: 2013-12-01

Citation Information: Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte, Volume 20, Issue 2, Pages 175–191, ISSN (Online) 1612-9776, ISSN (Print) 0943-7592, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/znth-2014-0003.

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