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Basel in the age of Burckhardt : a study in unseasonable ideas

Author: Lionel Gossman
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Lionel Gossman's work tells the story of Basel, this seemingly anachronistic hybrid of commercialism and classical republicanism, and of four major thinkers who retreated there: the historian Jacob Burckhardt, the philologist and anthropologist Johann Jacob Bachofen, the theologian Franz Overbeck, and the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. He shows how their ideas are tightly interwoven with the culture, tradition,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: Jacob Burckhardt; Johann Jakob Bachofen; Jacob Burckhardt; Johann Jakob Bachofen; Jacob Burckhardt; Johann Jakob Bachofen; Johann Jakob Bachofen; Jacob Burckhardt
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lionel Gossman
ISBN: 0226304981 9780226304984
OCLC Number: 42022407
Description: xii, 608 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Pt. I. Nineteenth-Century Basel. 1. From "A Community of Citizens" to "A Conglomeration of Individuals" 2. "A Kind of Family Government": The Ribbon Lords and Their World. 3. "City of Miracles": Culture, Religion, and Money. 4. "To Reconcile the Progressive Tendencies of the Time with Resistance to Them": Neohumanist Ideals and Modern Reality. 5. "An Archimedean Point Outside Events": Anachronism and Modernity --
Parochialism and Cosmopolitanism. Interlude: Portrait of a City from Romain Rolland's Jean-Christophe --
Pt. II. Johann Jacob Bachofen. 6. "An Exile in My Own Homeland": Withdrawal and Renunciation. 7. "Far from One's Father's House": A Prepatriarchal Order. 8. "At Its Greatest in Its Graves": The Dark Side of Antiquity.
Responsibility: Lionel Gossman.
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"Lionel Gossman's work tells the story of Basel, this seemingly anachronistic hybrid of commercialism and classical republicanism, and of four major thinkers who retreated there: the historian Jacob Burckhardt, the philologist and anthropologist Johann Jacob Bachofen, the theologian Franz Overbeck, and the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. He shows how their ideas are tightly interwoven with the culture, tradition, and destiny of this unique and beautiful city. Today, as the developments these men decried continue to gain momentum, their "unseasonable ideas" emerge as fresh, provocative, and troublingly ambiguous in their implications as they were 150 years ago."--Jacket.

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