Virmond, Wolfgang Books2007 0-7734-5192-7
In two Parts, this celebratory volume offers a first-time account of Friedrich Schleiermacher’s contributions to the critical arts, and it advances scholarship on early German Romanticism. Half of the 445-page volume is in English, half in German.
During a lifetime of constant publication, much of it on Schleiermacher, the honoree, Hermann Patsch, has served as a humanities professor at a Munich Gymnasium, a secondary school specializing in music. He himself is a musician, historian, philologist, philosopher and theologian. He has also edited volumes of writings in Schleiermacher’s Kritische Gesamtausgabe.
In addition to its 19 essays in these two thematic areas, two of them by Patsch, it also presents an account by co-editor Hans Dierkes of Patsch’s life, a bibliography of Patsh’s writings, an introduction by co-editor Terrence N. Tice comparing “Enlightenment, Romantic and Modern Elements in Schleiermacher’s Thought,” and two new documents listing Schleiermacher’s attendance at concerts and his preaching activity while a chaplain at Charity Hospital (1796-1802) by Wolfgand Virmond, who also formatted the book’s final text.
Accompanying this material are two review articles, one by Patsch on the “Romantik-Handbuch,” the other by Simon Gerber on Matthias Wolfes’ masterful two-volume work on Schleiermacher’s political life and thought. Finally, the volume also contains four essays relating new research in progress regarding Schleiermacher’s theology, one of them by Wolfes on Schleiermacher’s relationship to Judaism.