Lawler, Edwina Books

Brouillon Zur Ethik/notes on Ethics (1805/1806) Translated and Edited by John Wallhauser
Notes on the Theory of Virtue (1804/1806)
translated with Introduction and Notes by Terrence N. Tice
2002 0-7734-7156-1
During 1804-05 and 1805-06, while teaching at the University of Halle, Friedrich Schleiermacher lectured twice on philosophical ethics. From the first lectures only his notes on the theory of virtue are extant. In 1805-1806, however, we have his own dense notes covering 98 hours of lectures. He planned to revise this (Brouillon zur ethik) for publication, a project which was never completed. But these Halle lectures reveal for the first time the details of his distinctive approach to ethics as a philosophy of culture. In these lectures he presents ethics as the critical examination of reason embodied in selves in community. He unfolds the web of relations of selves within the diverse communities of formative action, communication and language, art, the state, friendship, knowing, and transcendence. This translation makes available in English the first systematic presentation of his ethics as an inclusive vision of cultural goods, virtues and duties. His emphasis on the idea of the highest good leads to a recovery of the teleological principle in which morality consists in the formation of structures, i.e., the goods of the moral life which he calls cultural organs. These organs, in turn, are used in the exchange of ideas and goods. His critical philosophy – against the stream of the prevailing transcendental philosophy – is dialogically open, and thus resists a speculative absorption of differences and opposes the subordination of the individual to a totalizing whole. His ethics confronts issues that still reach into today’s questions of pluralism, language communities and communication, and the individual in relation to community.

Camilla, a Novella
1991 0-88946-367-0
Essentially represents what has been preserved of the intended second section of Dorothea Schlegel's novel Florentin. As a continuation of Florentin and as an independent novella, albeit in fragmentary form, Camilla supports Dorothea's contention that for her "longing and suspicion" constituted reality.

Fifteen Sermons of Friendrich Schleiermacher Delivered to Celebrate the Beginning of a New Year
2003 0-7734-6628-2
This volume contains fifteen extant sermons and four extant sermon outlines that span a period of 43 years, from 1791 to 1834. What marks these sermons as special is not only their timing and context but also their finding ways to anticipate a conjoining of more general (secular) and religious Christian actions and their corresponding points of view. The study also contains a brief review of To Cecilie, On What Gives Value to Life, the Soliloquies, and Christmas Eve: A Dialogue, works written within the time frame of the first five New Year Sermons. These works offer insight into Schleiermacher’s appreciation of human frailty, of moral development, and enhance the readings of the New Year sermons

Florentin, a Novel
1989 0-88946-365-4
Written in 1801, Florentin was published anonymously. It shows the direct influence of Dorothea's later husband Friedrich Schlegel's Lucinde and that of her friend Schleiermacher's Vertraute Briefe über Friedrich Schlegels "Lucinde".

On What Gives Value to Life
1995 0-7734-9041-8
More than any of his earliest philosophic essays (before 1799), this 1792-1793 essay comprehensively anticipates major themes to be fully established over the next fifteen years of his authorship. It also presages late-19th century interests in value theory and philosophy of life, offering an argued, distinctive position against still-regnant alternative views of happiness, virtue and fate. Like others of the earliest essays, this one makes almost no direct reference to religion, yet it breathes throughout of a down-to-earth spirituality, a profound sense for the whole, including the whole of humanity, and an appreciation of ways joy can arise in the smallest and most unpleasurable of circumstances -- all characteristic features of his later thought. Particularly in its frequent autobiographical allusions and descriptive flourishes, it also bears the lineaments of "rhapsody" to be found in his subsequent notable works On Religion, Soliloquies and Christmas Eve. Though written when he was 24, it was not published in full until 1984, and appears here in English for the first time. The translators have appended an introduction, notes, and detailed index.

State of Schleiermacher Scholarship Today
2006 0-7734-5742-9
This book includes 16 essays that are reflective of Friedrich Schleiermacher’s contributions across a number of disciplines as well as the wide range of Schleiermacher scholarship today. The essays by Liberty Stewart, Sung Chel Kim, and Carl Kalwaitis all focus on different aspects of Schleiermacher’s 1799 Speeches on Religion. The essays by Terrence Tice and Edwina Lawler illuminate Schleiermacher as “Prince of the Church” through Tice’s translation of two sermons given by Schleiermacher in 1821 and Lawler’s exploration of themes in his New Year’s Sermons in relation to his early works, the Soliloquies and What Gives Value to Life. John Wallhausser describes Schleiermacher’s contributions to ethics, while Roger Badham discusses his hermeneutical theory. James Stamm’s essay relates to Schleiermacher’s work as the great German translator of Plato. Donna Bowman is interested in Schleiermacher the theologian. Her essay provides a process reading of his doctrine of the election. There are a number of comparative studies. Both David Seiple and Sergio Sorrentino have as their topic the relation between Schleiermacher and Barth, while Christopher Adair-Toteff looks at the figure of Troeltsch, and Jack Crossley at the philosopher Hegel. Jeffery Kinlaw provides a philosophical perspective through his exploration of Schleiermacher’s transcendent ground argument. This work both begins and ends with contributions by the great teacher of Schleiermacher, Michael D. Ryan, whose first essay explores the impact that Schleiermacher has had in his own life and thought and whose final article discusses the “Christian Humanism” of Schleiermacher as seen in his 1806 book, Christmas Eve: Dialogue on the Incarnation.