Necessary Luxuries

Author: Matt Erlin
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801470424
Release Date: 2014-05-29
Genre: Literary Criticism

The consumer revolution of the eighteenth century brought new and exotic commodities to Europe from abroad—coffee, tea, spices, and new textiles to name a few. Yet one of the most widely distributed luxury commodities in the period was not new at all, and was produced locally: the book. In Necessary Luxuries, Matt Erlin considers books and the culture around books during this period, focusing specifically on Germany where literature, and the fine arts in general, were the subject of soul-searching debates over the legitimacy of luxury in the modern world. Building on recent work done in the fields of consumption studies as well as the New Economic Criticism, Erlin combines intellectual-historical chapters (on luxury as a concept, luxury editions, and concerns about addictive reading) with contextualized close readings of novels by Campe, Wieland, Moritz, Novalis, and Goethe. As he demonstrates, artists in this period were deeply concerned with their status as luxury producers. The rhetorical strategies they developed to justify their activities evolved in dialogue with more general discussions regarding new forms of discretionary consumption. By emphasizing the fragile legitimacy of the fine arts in the period, Necessary Luxuries offers a fresh perspective on the broader trajectory of German literature in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, recasting the entire period in terms of a dynamic unity, rather than simply as a series of literary trends and countertrends.

Kant s Human Being

Author: Robert B. Louden
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199911103
Release Date: 2011-07-25
Genre: Philosophy

In Kant's Human Being, Robert B. Louden continues and deepens avenues of research first initiated in his highly acclaimed book, Kant's Impure Ethics. Drawing on a wide variety of both published and unpublished works spanning all periods of Kant's extensive writing career, Louden here focuses on Kant's under-appreciated empirical work on human nature, with particular attention to the connections between this body of work and his much-discussed ethical theory. Kant repeatedly claimed that the question, "What is the human being" is philosophy's most fundamental question, one that encompasses all others. Louden analyzes and evaluates Kant's own answer to his question, showing how it differs from other accounts of human nature. This collection of twelve essays is divided into three parts. In Part One (Human Virtues), Louden explores the nature and role of virtue in Kant's ethical theory, showing how the conception of human nature behind Kant's virtue theory results in a virtue ethics that is decidedly different from more familiar Aristotelian virtue ethics programs. In Part Two (Ethics and Anthropology), he uncovers the dominant moral message in Kant's anthropological investigations, drawing new connections between Kant's work on human nature and his ethics. Finally, in Part Three (Extensions of Anthropology), Louden explores specific aspects of Kant's theory of human nature developed outside of his anthropology lectures, in his works on religion, geography, education ,and aesthetics, and shows how these writings substantially amplify his account of human beings. Kant's Human Being offers a detailed and multifaceted investigation of the question that Kant held to be the most important of all, and will be of interest not only to philosophers but also to all who are concerned with the study of human nature.


Author: Hugo Aust
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 9783110933123
Release Date: 1983-01-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Die Buchreihe Konzepte der Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft gibt Aufschluss über Prinzipien, Probleme und Verfahrensweisen philologischer Forschung im weitesten Sinne und dient einer Bestimmung des Standorts der Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft. Die Reihe übergreift Einzelsprachen und Einzelliteraturen. Sie stellt sich in den Dienst der Reflexion und Grundlegung einer allgemeinen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft. Die Bände sind zum Teil informierende Einführungen, zum Teil wissenschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge.

Geselligkeit und Bibliothek

Author: Wolfgang Adam
Publisher: Wallstein Verlag
ISBN: 3892448337
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Books and reading

Die Lektüre der anregenden Beiträge wird im Sinne Gleims zu einem >wahren Piquenique für den Geist. Die international besetzte Fachkonferenz, die im Gleimhaus in Halberstadt - einem exponierten Schauplatz der Geselligkeit und des privaten Buchbesitzes - stattfand, widmete sich unter dem Titel Geselligkeit und Bibliothek zwei zentralen Themenbereichen der Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte des 18. Jahr-hunderts unter europäischer Perspektive. Aus dem Inhalt: Markus Fauser: Geselligkeit, Bibliothek, Lesekultur - Konzepte und Perspektiven der Forschung Emilio Bonfatti: Der Briefwechsel zwischen Gleim und Lessing Wolfgang Braungart: Bürger als Epigone seiner selbst Gonthier-Louis Fink: Lektüre der Romanhelden im empfindsamen europäischen Roman (1731-1774) Gunter E. Grimm: Lektüre im Briefwechsel zwischen Johann Gottfried Herder und Caroline Flachsland Peter J. Brenner: Gleims Briefwechsel mit Ramler und Uz Barbara Becker-Cantarino: Die Lektüren Sophie von La Roches (1730-1807) Giulia Cantarutti: Die vergessene Bibliothek eines Letterato buon cittadino

Briefwechsel 1802 1803

Author: Andreas Arndt
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 9783110918069
Release Date: 2005-01-01
Genre: Religion

Volume 6 contains Schleiermacher's correspondence from June 1802 until August 1803, the first period during which he was Court Preacher in Stolp, Pommerania. 74 of the total of 291 letters in this volume are published here for the first time, and a further 26 letters are published in their entirety for the first time. 121 further letters have been identified of which there are no extant copies. The volumes are prefaced with lists of the letters and detailed historical introductions; study of the letters is facilitated by notes, bibliographies and detailed indexes of names and works.