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Romantic bureaucracy

Alexander Kojève’s post-historical wisdom
by / RP 196 (Mar/Apr 2016) / Dossier, Romantic Transdisciplinarity 1

Alexandre Kojève became famous primarily for his discourse on the end of history and the post-historical condition – the discourse that he developed in his seminar on Hegel’s Phenomenology of the Spirit at the École des Hautes Études in Paris between 1933 and 1939. This seminar was regularly attended by leading figures of French intellectual …


Introduction

by / RP 196 (Mar/Apr 2016) / Dossier, Romantic Transdisciplinarity 1

Introduction

Of all the genealogical sources of contemporary critical theory, in both its German- and French-inspired variants, early German Romanticism remains the most potent, yet it is also the least explicated in relation to current theoretical trends. [*] The sources of modern criticism in Jena Romanticism are widely acknowledged, yet when theory parades as …


Bildung and strategy

The fate of the ‘beautiful sciences’
by / RP 196 (Mar/Apr 2016) / Dossier, Romantic Transdisciplinarity 1

Kant’s 1798 Conflict of the Faculties makes an explicit case for viewing philosophy as the romantic transdiscipline. The ‘lower faculty’ he explained there is less tied to the professional restrictions on research and teaching characteristic of the ‘higher faculties’ of law, medicine and theology dedicated to training lawyer-officials, doctors and priests. Philosophy served not only …


Genre without genre

Romanticism, the novel and the new
by / RP 196 (Mar/Apr 2016) / Dossier, Romantic Transdisciplinarity 1

Form, as it is mastered, becomes attenuated; it becomes dissociated from any liturgy, rule, yardstick; the epic is discarded in favour of the novel, verse in favour of prose; there is no longer any orthodoxy, and form is as free as the will of its creator.

Gustave Flaubert [1]

‘Just as our literature began …