The roots of romantic cognitivism:(post) Kantian intellectual intuition and the unity of creation and discovery

Macleod, Christopher (2014) The roots of romantic cognitivism:(post) Kantian intellectual intuition and the unity of creation and discovery. European Romantic Review, 25 (4). pp. 403-422. ISSN 1050-9585

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Abstract

During the romantic period, various authors expressed the belief that through creativity, we can directly access truth. To modern ears, this claim sounds strange. In this paper, I attempt to render the position comprehensible, and to show how it came to seem plausible to the romantics. I begin by offering examples of this position as found in the work of the British romantics. Each thinks that the deepest knowledge can only be gained by an act of creativity. I suggest the belief should be seen in the context of the post-Kantian embrace of “intellectual intuition.” Unresolved tensions in Kant's philosophy had encouraged a belief that creation and discovery were not distinct categories. The post-Kantians held that in certain cases of knowledge (for Fichte, knowledge of self and world; for Schelling, knowledge of the Absolute) the distinction between discovering a truth and creating that truth dissolves. In this context, the cognitive role assigned to acts of creativity is not without its own appeal.

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Journal Article
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European Romantic Review
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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, European Romantic Review, 25 (4), 2014, © Informa Plc Date of Acceptance: 09/12/2013
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18 Jun 2015 05:58
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