Minor in German Philosophy - 'Freiheit'. Freedom in German Literature and Thought I GERM 2600   'Freiheit'. Freedom in German Literature and Thought I
In contrast to other European literatures of the 18th century with their utilitarian and moralistic aims, the German Sturm and Drang movement puts the individual into the centre. A secular society demands a new conception of man ("Mensch") liberated from God and the gods. As a consequence, the traditional view of man inherited from Aristotelian poetics is replaced by characters who shape their own destiny. A new myth of a defiant Prometheus is created by Goethe. German idealism formulates a new theory of freedom which was summed up by Kant in the categorical imperative. Goethe's Iphigenie illustrates the humanism of the epoch. The ultimate freedom, however, can only be achieved in the artistic realm. Again, Goethe provides the model in his Divan.Texts by J.M.R. Lenz, Goethe, Schiller, Winckelmann, Kant, and others will be read. Translations will be offered. Language of instruction: English. This course should appeal to students interested in the history of ideas.
FORMAT: Lecture