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“All Evil Is The Cancellation Of Unity”: Joseph De Maistre And Late German Romanticism

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This chapter proposes to chart development of German Romantic thought through the prism of the family. It retraces what Triomphe called a &t;twin brotherhood&t; by using the very question of filiality, fraternity, and paternity as a guide. The chapter then focuses on three thinkers who trace out the development of the German reaction to Maistre among the thinkers of the Romantic mainstreamthe poet novalis, the poet, philosopher, and literary scholar Friedrich Schlegel, and the Romantic philosopher of nature Franz von Baader. of the three, novalis is the only who did not leave any writings indicating that he had read Maistre, though it appears he was familiar enough with counterrevolutionary topoi to try to sidestep them in his own work on family and state. Schlegel and Baader, on the other hand, had read most of Maistres published works, and continued to do so as Maistres works.

Keywords: German Romanticism; Joseph De Maistre; poet novalis



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