Carlyle and Jean Paul: Their Spiritual Optics (Utrecht Publications in General and Comparative Literature)

Carlyle and Jean Paul: Their Spiritual Optics (Utrecht Publications in General and Comparative Literature)

J.P. Vijn


It has continuously been concept tricky, if now not very unlikely, to outline what the philosophy of Carlyle was once. Ever because the ebook of Sartor Resartus in 1833-1834, the view that Carlyle had a theistic belief of the universe has been defended in addition to hostile. At a time, as a result, while Carlyle’s paintings as an entire is being reappraised, his philosophy may still at the start be handled. Carlyle’s life-philosophy is predicated at the internal event of a means of ‘conversion’, which set in with an incident that happened to him at Leith stroll, Edinburgh. This examine – which settles the outdated query of the date of the incident – demonstrates that the interior fight, the dynamics of that are defined so much totally in Sartor, is similar to the Jungian means of individuation. For the 1st time in serious literature, the fundamental rules of Carlyle’s philosophy are therefore associated with intensity psychology and proven to be analogous to the elemental thoughts of Analytical Psychology.
In contemporary feedback, it's been asserted that the main issue recorded in Sartor is comparable to the obstacle of doubt stated to underlie Jean Paul’s “Rede des todten Christus” (1796), that's most likely the 1st poetic expression of nihilism in eu literature and has develop into a vintage. except demonstrating that, within the final fifty years a minimum of, the “Rede” has erroneously been interpreted as a dream of annihilation, this ebook invalidates the view of Jean Paul as sufferer of the skepticism of his age, and argues that, opposite to what's often maintained, the “Rede” isn't the record of a predicament, yet of a trust which had turn into antiquated and out of date for Carlyle.

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