Outline--Am Romanticism

Outline--Am Romanticism - AMERICAN ROMANTICISM European...

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1 AMERICAN ROMANTICISM European Background Enlightenment o John Locke Politics and Science Knowledge is acquired through sensory experience o Philosophes & Voltaire Humanity was living in an age of Enlightenment God did not control the world, rules of science did Bad institution caused evil, not original sin Growing Dissatisfaction with Enlightenment Rationality o Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason What we can know through sensory experience Things that we know / believe, but cannot verify scientifically (God) Reality is not limited to the human senses Romanticism in America Key Characteristics o Absolute Priority of Individual o Imagination over Reason Feeling is more important than reason Acknowledge the limits of rationality o Opposition to Preoccupation with Economic Advancement & Acquisition of Commodities Uncomfortable with the market revolution and consumer cultures o Hostility to Tradition
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