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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-19, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 23 January, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2019.


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core definition

Romanticism is a broad idealist philosophical, historical, political and artistic movement of the 18th and early 19th century.

explanatory context

Romanticism is strongly linked with the ideas of the transcendental, the self, the imagination and, in some manifestations, with the supremacy of art.

Romaticism was a reaction to the empiricism and rationalism of the Enlightenment.

Philosophically, romanticism is informed by transcendental idealism, although many of the English romantic poets (Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley) were influenced by Schelling's extreme form of transcendental idealism. Goethe is regarded as the exemplary embodiment of romanticist ideas.

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See also

transcendental idealism


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