By Adrian Daub
“What an odd invention marriage is!” wrote Kierkegaard. “Is it the expression of that inexplicable erotic sentiment, that concordant non-obligatory affinity of souls, or is it an obligation or a partnership . . . or is it a bit of all that?”
Like Kierkegaard a number of many years later, lots of Germany’s so much influential thinkers on the flip of the eighteenth century puzzled concerning the nature of marriage yet rejected the straightforward solutions supplied by way of biology and theology. In Uncivil Unions, Adrian Daub provides a really interdisciplinary examine the tale of a iteration of philosophers, poets, and intellectuals who became clear of theology, cause, good judgment, and empirical statement to supply a merely metaphysical justification of marriage.
Through shut readings of philosophers like Fichte and Schlegel, and novelists like Sophie Mereau and Jean Paul, Daub charts the advance of this new inspiration of marriage with an insightful mix of philosophy, cultural reviews, and conception. the writer delves deeply into the lives and paintings of the romantic and idealist poets and thinkers whose ideals approximately marriage proceed to form principles approximately gender, marriage, and intercourse to the current day.
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Uncivil Unions: The Metaphysics of Marriage in German Idealism and Romanticism by Adrian Daub