Schleiermacher and the Ethics of Authenticity: The "Monologen" of 1800

Journal of Religious Ethics 32 (3):477 - 517 (2004)
Abstract
Schleiermacher's "Soliloquies" not only represent a pivotal work in this classically modern theologian's development as a moral philosopher. They are also arguably the principal moral writing of the early German romantic movement and therefore a significant, if widely overlooked, contribution to the history of ethics in the West. This essay provides a comprehensive interpretation and modest retrieval of this unusual and difficult work by bringing Schleiermacher's early "ethics of individuality" into conversation with Charles Taylor's conception of "expressivist" understandings of human selfhood. It argues that the Monologen are a signal instance of what Taylor has subtly characterized as romanticism's expressivist impulse
Keywords Charles Taylor  romanticism  ethics of authenticity  expressivism  self‐cultivation  Schleiermacher
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