Goethe come uomo occidentale

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Goethe as a Western man

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The philosopher Fritz-Joachim von Rintelen encounters a kindred soul in his intellectual journey: Goethe. In him Rintelen finds confirmed the idea that all the European and Western tradition originates and is permanently crossed by the spirit. The Geist, immanent in reality and tied to nature, precedes the will and acts autonomously; becoming aware of its superiority and its fundamental role in our history is essential to get to know ourselves and our culture. Retracing the classic and romantic currents of thought, Rintelen identifies two essentially opposite thrusts: order and chaos; to be and to become; universal and particular. Goethe, realizing that reality is characterized simultaneously by these antinomic couples, tries to overcome and solve the dilemma with a medium solution: the romantic depth and the classical height are not mutually exclusive, on the contrary they demonstrate that they can coexist harmoniously together . Goethe as a western man, from 1947, celebrates the meeting between two great thinkers of the western philosophical and literary tradition, in an exhortation addressed to us readers to reflect "together with Goethe on our western tradition and unity, before it is too late" .
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Goethe as a Western man
Original languageItalian
Publisheril Saggiatore
Number of pages80
ISBN (Print)978-88-428-2765-8
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Goethe, J.W.
  • Rintelen, F.-J. v.
  • cultura occidentale
  • filosofia tedesca
  • filosofia teoretica
  • letteratura tedesca
  • tradizione occidentale


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