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Why the Romantics Matter
Peter Gay

With his usual wit and élan, esteemed historian Peter Gay enters the contentious, long-standing debates over the romantic period. Here, in this concise and inviting volume, he reformulates the definition of romanticism and provides a fresh account of the immense achievements of romantic writers and artists in all media.


Gay’s scope is wide, his insights sharp. He takes on the recurring questions about how to interpret romantic figures and their works. Who qualifies to be a romantic? What ties together romantic figures who practice in different countries, employ different media, even live in different centuries? How is modernism indebted to romanticism, if at all?


Guiding readers through the history of the...

Why X Matters Series

2015   176 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300144291  $24.00

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Before Religion
A History of a Modern Concept

New Treatise on the Uniqueness of Consciousness

The Strait Gate
Thresholds and Power in Western History

The Black Mirror
Looking at Life through Death

Zarathustra’s Secret
The Interior Life of Friedrich Nietzsche

Yale French Studies, Number 127
Animots: Postanimality in French Thought

The Book of Beginnings

Do Guns Make Us Free?
Democracy and the Armed Society

Why Nudge?
The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism

The Most Good You Can Do
How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically

European Intellectual History from Rousseau to Nietzsche

A History of Suicide and the Arguments Against It

Does Altruism Exist?
Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others

The Virtue of Sympathy
Magic, Philosophy, and Literature in Seventeenth-Century England


The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition


A Spiritual Biography

Life After Faith
The Case for Secular Humanism

Speed Limits
Where Time Went and Why We Have So Little Left

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