The French Revolution and the Romantics

The conference will take place on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, beginning at 1 p.m., online.


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Undoubtedly, the most important and shocking political event of the XVIII. Century - called the “Great” by the  posterity – was the French Revolution of 1789. It defined the political thinking of not only its immediate contemporaries but also the generations that followed it. The artistic and philosophical trend, later called Romanticism, was partly a reaction to the French Revolution and the Enlightenment, and partly a consequence. The conference analyzes the thinking of authors who are mainly critical of the political, social, philosophical and general changes in of worldview induced by the French Revolution, using methods of intellectual history and political theory. German critics will come to the fore primarily, but not exclusively.





13:00-13:15 Introduction (Dr. Zoltán Pető)

13:15-13:40 Dr. Dusan Dostanic: The French Revolution and the German Romantics

13:40-14:00 Discussion

14:00-14:20 Break

14:20-14:55 Dr. Till Kinzel: System vs. concrete thinking: Johann Georg Hamann and the Dialectics of Enlightenment

14:55-15:15 Discussion

15:15-15:40 Áron Czopf: Romanticism as the aestheticization of the Political. Comments on Carl Schmitt's critique of romanticism

15:40-16:00 Discussion

16:00-16:10 Break

16:10-17:30 Dr. Zoltán Pető: Adherent and critique. William Blake and the French Revolution. Summing up the conference, discussion