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A Critique of Romantic Irony

By Samuel Phineas Upham

I recently re-read the essay, “Philosophy as Hubris: Kierkegaard’s Critique of Romantic Irony as a Critique of Immanent Thinking” by Hans Feger. This was recently included in my book Space of Love and Garbage. Hans Feger is a research fellow at the Freie Universität, Berlin. Author of Die Macht der Einbildungskraft in der Ästhetik Kants und Schillers, his interests include aesthetics, literary theory, and German Romanticism.

Here is the bio (above) from the essay and a quotation of my favorite paragraphs of the essay (below).

When postmodern thinkers wish to communicate about the possibilities of contemporary thinking, they speak today about the disappearance of the difference between being and appearance. Human reality, according to them, has taken on increasingly the form of an artificial construction, so that traditional differences between reality and fiction, truth and simulation, or art and technology have more and more been leveled. Indeed, reality itself can be seen as no more than diminished forms of a metaphysical realism. Following upon the sad friends of the gay sciences, the rejuvenated gay human being as artist and creator of his own reality assumes the legacy and announces, full of pathos, but not without the ulterior motive of scientific hedonism:

With us the adventure of becoming human has entered a new phase. We can see this most clearly in the fact that we are no longer able to differentiate between truth and appearance or science and art.”

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