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

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The Roots of Romanticism at last makes available in printed form Isaiah Berlin's most celebrated lecture series, the Mellon lectures, delivered in Washington in 1965, recorded by the BBC, and broadcast several times. A published version has been keenly awaited ever since the lectures were given, and Berlin had always hoped to complete a book based on them. But despite extensive further work this hope was not fulfilled, and the present volume is an edited transcript of his spoken words.

For Berlin, the Romantics set in motion a vast, unparalleled revolution in humanity's view of itself. They destroyed the traditional notions of objective truth and validity in ethics with incalculable, all-pervasive results. As he said of the Romantics elsewhere: "The world has never been the same since, and our politics and morals have been deeply transformed by them. Certainly this has been the most radical, and indeed dramatic, not to say terrifying, change in men's outlook in modern times."

In these brilliant lectures Berlin surveys the myriad attempts to define Romanticism, distills its essence, traces its developments from its first stirrings to its apotheosis, and shows how its lasting legacy permeates our own outlook. Combining the freshness and immediacy of the spoken word with Berlin's inimitable eloquence and wit, the lectures range over a cast of the greatest thinkers and artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including Kant, Rousseau, Diderot, Schiller, Schlegel, Novalis, Goethe, Blake, Byron, and Beethoven. Berlin argues that the ideas and attitudes held by these and other figures helped to shape twentieth-century nationalism, existentialism, democracy, totalitarianism, and our ideas about heroic individuals, individual self-fulfillment, and the exalted place of art. This is the record of an intellectual bravura performance--of one of the century's most influential philosophers dissecting and assessing a movement that changed the course of history.

Synopsis:

"These are not only wonderfully engaging lectures, but by now also a historical document of considerable importance.... What was so good about the way Berlin tackled Romanticism was that he allowed for the variety of ideas and attitudes that so marked the movement, but found a common theme in the antitheses with which so much of his work was concerned--Romanticism as anti-rationalism, anti-monism, anti-utilitarianism, and so on. That enabled him to do something that few other writers have brought off, which was to set each strand of romanticism in its own cultural setting."--Alan Ryan, New College, University of Oxford

"This book provides an excellent account of the topics that were to preoccupy Berlin throughout his life. . . . It is a history of ideas, wonderfully under control, always with the sense of how those ideas have impacted on other ideas and eventually on the contemporary period."--Tracy B. Strong, University of California, San Diego

"In a dark century, he showed what a life of the mind should be: skeptical, ironical, dispassionate and free."--Michael Ignatieff

About the Author

Isaiah Berlin was, until his death in 1997, a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He was renowned as an essayist and as the author of many books, among them "Karl Marx, Four Essays on Liberty, Russian Thinkers, The Sense of Reality, The Proper Study of Mankind," and from Princeton, "Concepts and Categories, Personal Impressions, The Crooked Timber of Humanity, The Roots of Romanticism, The Power of Ideas," and "Three Critics of the Enlightenment". Henry Hardy, a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, is one of Isaiah Berlin's literary trustees. He has edited several other volumes by Berlin, and is currently preparing Berlin's letters and remaining unpublished writings for publication.

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
1In Search of a Definition1
2The First Attack on Enlightenment21
3The True Fathers of Romanticism46
4The Restrained Romantics68
5Unbridled Romanticism93
6The Lasting Effects118
References148
Index163

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691007137
Editor:
Hardy, Henry
Author:
Hardy, Henry
Author:
Berlin, Isaiah
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
History, Criticism, Surveys
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Arts, Modern
Subject:
Romanticism in art
Subject:
Arts, Modern, -- 18th century.
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Comparative Literature
Subject:
British literature.
Subject:
Art and architecture
Subject:
Political philosophy
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Bollingen Series (General)
Series Volume:
45
Publication Date:
19990208
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , "These are not only wonderfully engaging lectures, but by now also a historical document of considerable importance.... What was so good about the way Berlin tackled Romanticism was that he allowed for the variety of ideas and attitudes that so marked the movement, but found a common theme in the antitheses with which so much of his work was concerned--Romanticism as anti-rationalism, anti-monism, anti-utilitarianism, and so on. That enabled him to do something that few other writers have brought off, which was to set each strand of romanticism in its own cultural setting."--Alan Ryan, New College, University of Oxford

"This book provides an excellent account of the topics that were to preoccupy Berlin throughout his life. . . . It is a history of ideas, wonderfully under control, always with the sense of how those ideas have impacted on other ideas and eventually on the contemporary period."--Tracy B. Strong, University of California, San Diego

"In a dark century, he showed what a life of the mind should be: skeptical, ironical, dispassionate and free."--Michael Ignatieff

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