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[To begin, a story concerning devils, shadows, and geographical knowledge. The story I have in mind is entitled “The Wonderful History of Peter Schlemihl,” a novella published in 1814 by a poet, botanist, and sometime-Romantic named Adelbert von Chamisso.1 As the story opens, the eponymous...
[An often-told story in Schleiermacher studies concerns the events surrounding his twenty-ninth birthday, on November 21, 1797. More than any other, it is this day that marks the beginning of Schleiermacher’s literary career. The morning found him working in his small Berlin apartment when he...
[Tomoko Masuzawa’s book The Invention of World Religions describes how a discursive entity called “religion” emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. According to Masuzawa, world religions emerged “as a category and as a conceptual framework initially developed in the European...
[The place to begin is in Halle, in the year 1806. Following his first tenure in Berlin, Schleiermacher eventually took a teaching post at the University in Halle. It was there that Schleiermacher composed and published his short dialogue on the themes of Christmas, entitled Christmas Eve:...
[At various points in this study, I have drawn upon the language of networks, webs, and systems to understand Schleiermacher’s theology, and in particular the vision of global space that emerges from his texts. As we saw in chapter 2, it is that intuition of an interconnected network throughout...
[My readings of Schleiermacher’s theology have unfolded against a wider thesis about the fate of liberal and progressive theologies in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Briefly stated, that thesis is that progressive theology suffers from a form of postcolonial melancholia, a...
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