Eberhard Rathgeb: Two Halves of Life. Blessing Verlag (Hardcover, History, Biographies)

Two Halves of Life

Hegel & Hölderlin –

A Friendship

Original Title: Zwei Hälften des Lebens.

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 464 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-89667-597-2
€ 24.00 [D] | € 24.70 [A] | CHF 33.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Blessing

Date of publication: April 8, 2019
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Eberhard  Rathgeb - Two Halves of Life


An impressive portrait of intellectual Germany around 1800 and two of its protagonists

Both born in 1770, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Hölderlin met as aspiring theologians in the legendary Tübinger Stift and became friends. Years later they both became private tutors in different places, but between January 1797 and September 1798 were able to see each other regularly and discuss philosophy, poetry and love. Then fate took them radically and relentlessly in opposite directions: Hölderlin, who devoted himself to the miracle of poetry, ended up as a harmless madman who wrote verses in a tower in Tübingen, while Hegel rose to become a highly acclaimed professional philosopher in Berlin.

Eberhard Rathgeb has written a sensitive and compelling story of the difficulties of a free intellectual life in Germany in around 1800 and the fate of two friends.

For all readers of Wolfram Eilenberger, Bruno Preisendörfer and Rüdiger Safranski.


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