Romanticism on Enlightenment - Dictionary of Arguments
Gadamer I 278
Enlightenment/Romanticism/RomanticismVsEnlightenment/Gadamer: In opposition to the Enlightenment's belief in perfection, which thinks towards the completion of liberation from and the prejudices of the past, now the early times, the mythical world, the unbroken life in a "natural society" not decomposed by consciousness, the world of Christian chivalry wins romantic magic, yes, primacy of truth.(1) >Cf. Myth/Romanticism. The reversal of the precondition of the Enlightenment results in the paradoxical tendency of restoration, that is, the tendency to restore the old because it is the old, the conscious return to the unconscious, etc., and culminates in the recognition of the superior wisdom of the mythical prehistoric age.
However, it is precisely through this romantic reversal of the value standard of the Enlightenment that the precondition of the Enlightenment, the abstract opposition of myth and reason, is immortalized. All criticism of the Enlightenment now takes the path of this romantic reflection of the Enlightenment. The belief in the perfectibility of reason jumps over into the belief in the perfection of the "mythical" consciousness and is reflected in a paradisiacal primeval state before the fall of thought.(2) >Science/Romanticism.
1. In a small study on Immermann's "Chiliastic Sonnets" (Kleine Schriften II, pp. 136-147; now in vol. 9 of the Ges. Werke) I have analysed an example of this process.
2. Cf. my works "Mythos und Vernunft", (Kl. Schr., IV, p. 48-53; in Vol. 8
of the Ges. Werke) and "Mythos und Wissenschaft" (in vol. 8 of the Ges. Werke)_____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Wahrheit und Methode. Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik 7. durchgesehene Auflage Tübingen 1960/2010
H. G. Gadamer
The Relevance of the Beautiful, London 1986
Die Aktualität des Schönen: Kunst als Spiel, Symbol und Fest Stuttgart 1977