Karolin Mirzakhan: An Ironic Approach to the Absolute: Schlegel’s Poetic Mysticism – Symphilosophie (2021)

What is the Absolute? To define it would be to neutralise it as an Absolute, to demarcate and circumscribe it in words, reason and concepts. The German word “concept” (Begriff), argues Karolin Mirzakhan (76), is derived
from the verb “to grasp” (begreifen): attempting to know the Absolute rationally and epistemologically, i.e. to grab it linguistically, means reifying it and thus betraying it. To avoid objectifying the…

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