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Return to Nature?An Ecological Counterhistory$
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Fred Dallmayr

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134338

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134338.001.0001

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Nature and Sentiment

Nature and Sentiment


(p.53) 3 Nature and Sentiment
Return to Nature?

Fred Dallmayr

University Press of Kentucky

Schelling's devotion to poetry and the arts made him a mentor and partial participant in the Romantic movement that was emerging. The movement was not simply literary and emotive, but also had a strong connection to German idealist philosophy. Examining Romanticism beginning with the German movement, turning to English Romanticism, and ending with New England Trancendentalism, follows the transformation from Schlegel's philosophy of infinite approximation through Wordsworth's unspoiled natural sentiments to Emerson's belief in cosmic unity and Thoreau's vision of solitary life. Many Romantics, influenced by Schelling, wrote philosophical works at the beginning of the movement before the disconnect between philosophical idealism and Romantic sentiment that characterized the later part of the movement. At that point, the union of spirit and nature dissolved in favor of individual retreat from the world.

Keywords:   Schlegel, Wordsworth, Emerson, Thoreau, Romanticism, spirituality

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