Heinrich Heine: Zur Geschichte der Religion und Philosophie in Deutschland [On the History of Religion and Philosophy in Germany]

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  • Willi Goetschel (University of Toronto)

Originally published as a series of articles in the French journal Revue des deux mondes, the essay Zur Geschichte der Religion und Philosophie in Deutschland [On the History of Religion and Philosophy in Germany, 1834] is Heine’s most systematic theoretical work. Written in Paris in 1833/34, the essay is a meditation on the end of a period symbolized by Goethe and Hegel and the beginning of a new era. A first of its kind, the essay initiates intellectual history as a historiographic alternative to the Historical School’s normative revisionism, whose “monumentalism” – as Nietzsche was later to dub it – was supposed to challenge the …

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Citation:
Goetschel, Willi. "Zur Geschichte der Religion und Philosophie in Deutschland". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 January 2007
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