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The Nature of LoveCourtly and Romantic$
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Irving Singer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262512732

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262512732.001.0001

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Benign Romanticism Kant, Schlegel, Hegel, Shelley, Byron

Benign Romanticism Kant, Schlegel, Hegel, Shelley, Byron

(p.376) 12 Benign Romanticism Kant, Schlegel, Hegel, Shelley, Byron
The Nature of Love

Irving Singer

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This chapter suggests that the diversity of ideas must always defeat a search for uniformity. Kant provides the origin for much of the Romantic concept of love; however, the extent to which his thinking is also alien to it should not be underestimated. Hegel attacked Kant in ways that reveal the ontological bases of romanticism as it developed in the nineteenth century, but he also claimed that he himself was no Romantic. Shelley and Schlegel may not have rejected the label, but their ideas about love are often personal and not representative of the whole Romantic movement. Finally, Byron, who illustrates a realist reaction to benign romanticism, is quite as Romantic in what he sometimes says about love as those against whose optimism he stands.

Keywords:   Kant, love, romanticism, Hegel, Shelley, Schlegel, Romantic movement, Byron, realist reaction, benign romanticism

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