Single Idea 9307

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / B. History of Ideas / 5. Later European Thought]

Full Idea

Foucault was right to say that Jena in the 1790s was the arena where the fundamental interests in modern Western culture suddenly had their breakthrough.

Gist of Idea

Modern Western culture suddenly appeared in Jena in the 1790s


Lars Svendsen (A Philosophy of Boredom [2005], Ch.2)

Book Reference

Svendsen,Lars: 'A Philosophy of Boredom' [Reaktion Books 2005], p.60

A Reaction

[Hölderlin, Novalis, Tieck, Schlegel, based on Kant and Fichte] Romanticism seems to have been born then. Is that the essence of modernism? Foucault and his pals are hoping to destroy the Enlightenment by ignoring it, but that is modern too.