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p. 514. ‘Early Romantic’ philosophylocked

  • Andrew Bowie


If all truth is relative, then the proposition is also relative that all truth is relative. So how does one sustain a sense of the Absolute which would enable one to avoid this paradox? ‘Early Romantic philosophy’ explains how, in the face of the bewildering changes characteristic of modernity, Romantic philosophy reflects upon what can happen if one no longer looks for definitive solutions. Whereas the sciences aim at definitive knowledge of things, ‘literature’ sees how connecting things to other things, often in unexpected ways, may produce insights denied to the sciences. The sciences only produce particular truths, which need to be connected to each other in a philosophical system.

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