The Mind-Body Problem in German Literature 1770-1830: Wezel, Moritz, and Jean Paul

Hardcover | September 1, 2002

byCatherine J. Minter

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This impressive study explores the role of philosophical anthropology - the question of the relationship between mind and body - in the novels and non-fictional writings of Johann Karl Wezel, Philipp Moritz, and Jean Paul. Through a scholarly and lucid discussion of their ideas on humanphysiology and pyschology, as well as the application of these ideas to their aesthetic and moral theories, Catherine Minter suggests that these three important German writers of the late eighteenth century share a common desire: to invest the physical world with spiritual significance.The study traces not only the development in the three authors' views on philosophical anthropology, but also, more generally, in the history of ideas in Germany between 1770 and 1830. As well as making a substantial contribution to the discussion of the origins of anthropology in the eighteenth andnineteenth centuries, it successfully highlights the continuity in German intellectual history between the Late Enlightenment and Romanticism - two periods which are frequently seen as antagonistic.

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This impressive study explores the role of philosophical anthropology - the question of the relationship between mind and body - in the novels and non-fictional writings of Johann Karl Wezel, Philipp Moritz, and Jean Paul. Through a scholarly and lucid discussion of their ideas on humanphysiology and pyschology, as well as the applicat...

Catherine Minter received her D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 2001. She has published articles in German Life and Letters (2001), The Modern Languages Review (2001), and the Wezel-Jahrbuch (1999). She is currently a part-time lecturer in German at St Hilda's College, Oxford.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:190 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:September 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionJohann Karl Wezel (1747-1819)1. Creatures of Prometheus: Tobias Knaut and Belphegor2. Towards a synthesis of energy with form: Wezel's aesthetic programme3. Passion's serpentine trails: Herrmann und Ulrike4. Vitalism and holism: Wezel's Versuch uber die Kenntnis des MenschenKarl Philipp Moritz (1756-93)5. Moritz and Enlightenment anthropology: the Magazin zur Erfahrungsseelenkunde6. Chained to the plough: the mind-body problem in Anton Reiser7. Animations: Andreas Hartknopf8. Imitation and palingenesis: Uber die bildende Nachahmung des SchonenJean Paul (1763-1825)9. Jean Paul's early philosophical anthropology and prose fiction10. Shattered idyll, unholy jest: dualism in Siebenkas11. Titan's principle of continuity12. 'Alles ist Geist, nur verschiedner': Selina, oder uber die Unsterblichkeit der SeeleConclusionBibliographyIndex