Romanticism as a New Cultural Orientation
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The paper looks at the Enlightenment or the Age of Reason, the predominant intellectual movement of the eighteenth century, and addresses the reasons for its end. The paper then looks at the rise of Romanticism, and describes how it was a revolutionary movement that consciously set out to transform the way we perceive the world. The paper explains how the Romantics greatly emphasized the importance of nature, they placed human emotions, feelings, instinct, and intuition above rationality and intellect and they professed a belief in the supernatural. In addition, the paper relates that a significant Romantic theme became the contrast between the artist and middle-class. The paper concludes that Romanticism transformed Western culture in many ways that have survived into our own times.
Romanticism in the Arts
Romanticism in the Arts
From the Paper:"In order to understand the reasons for the development of Romanticism we must first examine the previous era. The Enlightenment or the Age of Reason, are names given to the predominant intellectual movement of the eighteenth century. New understandings of the physical world through practice of logic and observation had lead to, and encouraged the belief that similar progress might be made in the area of political economy and social relations.
"The Enlightenment was an intellectual movement among the upper and middle class elites. It involved a new world view which explained the world and looked for answers in terms of reason rather than faith, and in terms of an optimistic, natural, humanistic approach rather than a fatalistic, supernatural one.
"Eventually the method of reason was applied to religious beliefs and the search for a natural, rational religion yielded Deism. Deism was never an organized cult or movement and it conflicted with Christianity. A Deist held very few religious traditional religious truths, the existence of one God, the existence of a system of rewards and punishments administered by that God, and the obligation of men to virtue and piety. Beyond the natural religion of the Deists lay the more radical products of the application of reason to religion, skepticism, atheism, and materialism (Enlightenment, 2010)."
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