What was the Romantic's world view

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

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The Romantic world view is a complex one.  On a certain level, the Romantic thinker believed in a solidarity amongst all human beings.  Romantic thinkers write what they do and articulate what they do in order to forge connections with others.  Their expression is aimed at a universality, a type of linking with others that reveals the true nature of the world.  In their writing, Romantic thinkers do not believe that isolation and alienation is the way of the world or the way of how things should be.  Instead, there is an openness in their world view which is inclusive.  At the same time, Romanticism is extremely driven by the sense of the individual and subjective.  The Romantic world view is dependent on articulating this subjective notion of the good.  The individual is more important than all else.  In praising the subjective, Romantic thinkers seek to pivot to the world view, one in which there can be unity and a sense of transcendence.  This only comes in the form of the subjective, though.  This means that the Romantic world view is one in which it highlights the hope of social solidarity and connection through the vaulting of the subjective, or individual experience.  It is here in which there is significance for there is something hoped for in terms of something larger than the individual.  Yet, it is something in which the subjective is the only means to achieve it.  In this, one sees how the Romantic world view requires both subjective and external reality, but has a stronger preference for the former in the hopes of achieving the latter.

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