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Lyric OrientationsHölderlin, Rilke, and the Poetics of Community$
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Hannah Vandegrift Eldridge

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801456954

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801456954.001.0001

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Calls for Communion

Calls for Communion

Hölderlin’s Late Poetry

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Lyric Orientations

Hannah Vandegrift Eldridge

Cornell University Press

This chapter presents Friedrich Hölderlin's works as post-Kantian German idealism. Hölderlin addressed problems of finitude in terms of unification: of the subject, of mind and world, of reason and freedom. He also contended that philosophy undertakes to solve the problem of unification once and for all, performing the shift from metaphysical finitude to intellectual lack. Although he believed that the quest for certain knowledge necessarily fails, he critiqued the concept of “anxiety over finitude” in his theorizations—even as he sees unification as a task to be undertaken. This criticism became particularly relevant in his work during the years between his return from Bordeaux in 1802 and his institutionalization in 1806 lderlin's work.

Keywords:   Friedrich Hölderlin, unification, metaphysical finitude, finitude, post-Kantian German idealism

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