The Early Romantic Theory of Language

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Alexander Knopf - Organizer

Christian Benne - Organizer

The early Romantic philosophy of language is based upon the concept of the universality of language. As language structures our perceptions and emotions, it also constitutes our knowledge, comprising thus all parts of human existence – sciences, arts, society. Consequently, the early Romantics considered the function of language with regard to such different matters such as truth, personality, political and social processes, education, poetry. Moreover, they began to study language as a phenomenon in its own right, thereby establishing historical-comparative grammar as a new linguistic method. While modern sciences often tend to reduce language to its logical functions, the early Romantics theorized about and experimented with ambiguous, paradoxical, or even contradictory figures that classical logic is unable to deal with. Instead of a static, closed frame, they favoured a highly exploratory and open thinking. This workshop aims to recover some of these ideas.
24 Jun 2021


WorkshopThe Early Romantic Theory of Language
LocationDepartment of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen

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