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Chad Wellmon, Becoming Human: Romantic Anthropology and the Embodiment of Freedom, The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010, 326pp., $84.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780271037349.
The 19th century German Romanticism‘s reception of Kantian Anthropology includes an important response (by positively viewing Kant‘s inherent tensions and paradoxes as bases for « different forms of knowledge ») to the empirically informed Kant that is gaining prominence today.
They include Schleiermacher, Novalis, Goethe, Fülleborn, Platner, Wezel, Pölitz, and Schmid.
The continental tradition must resist empiricists‘ predisposition to read Kant’s Affective Ethics » as purely formal. They hold the tenet that « freedom is not a metaphysical discovery but a practical disposition that needs anthropological insights to guide and cultivate individuals » (10).