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Romanticism It was a reaction against the Enlightenment and yet akin in that they both assumed life was designed for human happiness However the Enlightenment placed reason at the center of human acheivement Romanticismm distrusted the human intellect and placed its value on the emotions and intutive qualities The natural and spontaneous was deemed good The highest truths would be derived from the instantaneous of the individual It gloried in the unlimited potential of the individual There was an overall feeling of optimism and belief of a utopia Romanticism reinforced the emotionalism of the period and its philosophies influenced the Transcendental movement Romanticism began in the early 19th century and radically changed the way people perceived themselves and the state of nature around them Unlike Classicism which stood for order and established the foundation for architecture literature painting and music Romanticism allowed people to get away from the constricted rational views of life and concentrate on an emotional and sentimental side of humanity This not only influenced political doctrines and ideology but was also a sharp contrast from ideas and harmony featured during the Enlightenment The Romantic era grew alongside the Enlightenment but concentrated on human diversity and looking at life in a new way It was the combination of modern Science and Classicism that gave birth to Romanticism and introduced a new outlook on life that embraced emotion before rationality Romanticism began to show the people that the Enlightenment had overstayed its welcome by leading the people to a future that offered a vision of mankind as being part of a group rather than an individual G W F Hegel a German philosopher rejected the rational philosophy of the 18th century because he believed in Idealism This involved looking at life in terms of the importance of ideas not thought the narrow tunnel of materialism and wealth By advocating Idealism Hegel concluded that mankind could be led by
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