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Uncivil Unions The Metaphysics of Marriage in German Idealism and Romanticism

by Adrian Daub

Uncivil Unions The Metaphysics of Marriage in German Idealism and Romanticism Synopsis

What a strange invention marriage is! wrote Kierkegaard. Is it the expression of that inexplicable erotic sentiment, that concordant elective affinity of souls, or is it a duty or a partnership...or is it a little of all that? Like Kierkegaard a few decades later, many of Germany's most influential thinkers at the turn of the eighteenth century wondered about the nature of marriage but rejected the easy answers provided by biology and theology. In Uncivil Unions , Adrian Daub presents a truly interdisciplinary look at the story of a generation of philosophers, poets, and intellectuals who turned away from theology, reason, common sense, and empirical observation to provide a purely metaphysical justification of marriage. Through close readings of philosophers like Fichte and Schlegel, and novelists like Sophie Mereau and Jean Paul, Daub charts the development of this new concept of marriage with an insightful blend of philosophy, cultural studies, and theory. The author delves deeply into the lives and work of the romantic and idealist poets and thinkers whose beliefs about marriage continue to shape ideas about gender, marriage, and sex to the present day.

Uncivil Unions The Metaphysics of Marriage in German Idealism and Romanticism Press Reviews

Is it philosophy or political theory or literary analysis? Is it history of ideas or gender studies or cultural studies? I am convinced that this is an utterly original, brilliantly insightful, and scrupulously argued contribution to all of these areas. I cannot think of any text that treats this period with this kind of richness. A powerful, sound, and insightful work. (Richard T. Eldridge, Swarthmore College)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780226136936
Publication date: 16th March 2012
Author: Adrian Daub
Publisher: University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 376 pages
Categories: Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900, Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Sociology: family & relationships,

About Adrian Daub

Adrian Daub is assistant professor of German studies at Stanford University. He is the author of a German-language book on four-hand piano playing in the nineteenth century.

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