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Single Idea 22026

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 5. Aims of Philosophy / a. Philosophy as worldly]

Full Idea

Philosophy is actually homesickness - the urge to be everywhere at home.

Gist of Idea

Philosophy is homesickness - the urge to be at home everywhere


Novalis (General Draft [1799], 45)

Book Reference

Novalis: 'Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. Stoljar,M.M. [SUNY 1997], p.135

A Reaction

The idea of home [heimat] is powerful in German culture. The point of romanticism was seen as largely concerning restless souls like Byron and his heroes, who do not feel at home. Hence ironic detachment.