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Single Idea 20260

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / C. History of Philosophy / 4. Later European Philosophy / d. Nineteenth century philosophy]

Full Idea

Thomas Carlyle spent a long life trying to make reason romantic to his fellow Englishmen: to no avail!

Gist of Idea

Carlyle spent his life vainly trying to make reason appear romantic

Source

Friedrich Nietzsche (Dawn (Daybreak) [1881], 298)

A Reaction

An interesting gloss on the shift from the Enlightenment to the Romantic era. Presumably the idea of the 'genius' and the 'hero' are the means whereby Carlyle hoped to achive this.

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Dawn (Daybreak)', ed/tr. Smith, Brittain [Stanford 2011], p.188