• Title: The Disinherited Mind: Essays in Modern German Literature and Thought
  • Author: Erich Heller
  • ISBN: 9780156261005
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Disinherited Mind Essays in Modern German Literature and Thought Heller examines the sense of values embodied in the works of key German writers and thinkers from Goethe to Kafka particularly the consciousness of life s depreciation The Disinherited Mind has been
    Heller examines the sense of values embodied in the works of key German writers and thinkers from Goethe to Kafka, particularly the consciousness of life s depreciation.The Disinherited Mind has been in continuous demand since 1st publication in 52, recognized as a work whose significance extends far beyond the subject of German letters Noted critic poet Edwin MuirHeller examines the sense of values embodied in the works of key German writers and thinkers from Goethe to Kafka, particularly the consciousness of life s depreciation.The Disinherited Mind has been in continuous demand since 1st publication in 52, recognized as a work whose significance extends far beyond the subject of German letters Noted critic poet Edwin Muir has written The condition it describes is our condition, I can think of no other modem book in which it is described so clearly The unifying theme is the sense of values embodied in the works of key German poets, writers thinkers from Goethe to Kafka, particularly the consciousness of life s deprecation While earlier poets philosophers were preoccupied with the marvelous, Prof Heller writes, their modem successors try desperately to ward off the predominance of the prosaic He deals with this problem most directly in the central essay, Rilke Nietzsche Other essays discuss Goethe s Faust, his opposition to Newtonian science, Burckhardt s philosophy of history, Kafka s The Castle, Spengler s historical imagination Karl Kraus s satire.AcknowledgmentsPreface to the Original EditionPreface to the American EditionGoethe the idea of scientific truthGoethe the avoidance of tragedyBurckhardt NietzscheNietzsche GoetheRilke Nietzsche with a discourse on thought, belief poetryOswald Spengler the predicament of the historical imaginationThe world of Franz KafkaKarl Kraus The last days of mankindThe hazard of modern poetryReferences

    One Reply to “The Disinherited Mind: Essays in Modern German Literature and Thought”

    1. This was one of my father's favourite books, and I absorbed it myself as an adolescent (i.e. more than 40 years ago!). It introduced me to the work of Kafka, Hölderlin, Rilke and others at a time when this was a completely brave new world for me. Recently I picked up a copy of it and re-read it - I still found it profoundly stimulating, although by now I have my own perspective on the authors and issues concerned. Heller was a cultural conservative, for whom all art since Goethe constitutes a " [...]

    2. This was a critical book in helping me grasp the pivotal issues of the German-speaking intellectual world in the mid- and late-19th-century.I found Heller's treatments of Goethe, Burckhardt, and Nietzsche to be unsurpassed in their depth, comprehensiveness and nuance.Very highly recommended, indeed.

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