In what ideas did the Romantic thinkers believe?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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For the most part, the Romantic movement was a response to the growing conformity and materialist driven social order which arose from the Industrial Revolution.  The Romanticist tradition stressed some key points that allowed to distinguish itself from all else.  The subjective voice and experience of the individual as receiving primacy above all else is something in which Romanticist thinkers strongly believed.  Romantic thinkers viewed conformist society is a bad thing.  The individual, whose subjective voice and experience, differentiated them from others who sought to suppress such reality is vitally and critically important.  Another idea that the Romantic thinkers embraced is the use of emotion as part of this experience and framework.  Emotions are distinct, unique, and varied, impossible to place in the materialist box and pattern of recognition that emerged in the Industrial Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment.  These emotions were vitally important to the Romantic thinkers.  Additionally, Romantic thinkers were motivated by the idea of nature being a domain to be appreciated and not conquered.  There is mystery and beauty in the natural world that transcended human condition.  To embrace it is vitally important for the Romantic thinker.

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