The Roots of Romanticism - A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts

2nd Edition

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A brilliant brief account of romanticism and its influence from one of the most important philosophers and intellectual historians of the twentieth century

In The Roots of Romanticism, one of the twentieth century's most influential philosophers dissects and assesses a movement that changed the course of history. Brilliant, fresh, immediate, and eloquent, these celebrated Mellon Lectures are a bravura intellectual performance. Isaiah Berlin surveys the many attempts to define romanticism, distills its essence, traces its developments from its first stirrings to its apotheosis, and shows how it still permeates our outlook. He ranges over a cast of some of the greatest thinkers and artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including Kant, Rousseau, Diderot, Schiller, the Schlegels, Novalis, Goethe, Blake, Byron, and Beethoven. The ideas and attitudes of these and other figures, Berlin argues, helped to shape twentieth-century nationalism, existentialism, democracy, totalitarianism, and our ideas about heroic individuals, self-fulfillment, and the exalted place of art.

This new edition, illustrated for the first time, also features a new foreword by philosopher John Gray, in which he discusses Berlin's belief that the influence of romanticism has been unpredictable and contradictory in the extreme, fuelling anti-liberal political movements but also reinvigorating liberalism; a revised text; and a new appendix that includes some of Berlin's correspondence about the lectures and the reactions to them.

Book information

ISBN: 9780691156200
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Pub date:
Edition: 2nd Edition
DEWEY: 141.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 211
Weight: 227g
Height: 216mm
Width: 140mm
Spine width: 23mm