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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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European Intellectual History from Rousseau to Nietzsche
 



Stay
A History of Suicide and the Arguments Against It
 



Does Altruism Exist?
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The Virtue of Sympathy
Magic, Philosophy, and Literature in Seventeenth-Century England
 



Jealousy
 



Charity
The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition
 



Friendship
 



Gandhi
A Spiritual Biography
 



Life After Faith
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Speed Limits
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Passions
 



The Experience of God
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Hitler's Philosophers
 



A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
 



The Declaration of Independence in Historical Context
American State Papers, Petitions, Proclamations, and Letters of the Delegates to the First National Congresses
 



Breaking Democracy's Spell
 



The Courage to Be
Third Edition
 



The Five "Confucian" Classics
 



Philosophy of Economy
The World as Household
 



Why Literature Matters in the 21st Century
 

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