Paradoxes of Freedom: The Romantic Mystique of a Transcendence

Hardcover | August 1, 1996

byThomas McFarland

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Paradoxes of Freedom is a study of the historical and philosophical conception of liberty. Centering his argumemt upon the Romantic exaltation of freedom that followed the psychic explosion of the French Revolution, Thomas McFarland identifies freedom as one of the three chieftranscendencies, along with love and religion, by which humanity orientates itself. Departing from contemplation of the significance of the revolutionary motto `live free or die', he examines the apotheosis of freedom along with its vicissitudes, and indicates, by an examination ranging fromShakespeare and Luther to the writings of Nietzsche and Wagner, both the reasons for the supreme valuation of freedom and the nature of the hindrances, in theory and in fact, that enmesh the actual realization of freedom. the book concludes with a sombre assessment of the future of freedom as anorientating transcendence.

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Paradoxes of Freedom is a study of the historical and philosophical conception of liberty. Centering his argumemt upon the Romantic exaltation of freedom that followed the psychic explosion of the French Revolution, Thomas McFarland identifies freedom as one of the three chieftranscendencies, along with love and religion, by which hum...

Thomas McFarland is at Princeton University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:158 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:August 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198121814

ISBN - 13:9780198121817

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