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Poetic ForcePoetry after Kant$
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Kevin McLaughlin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804791007

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804791007.001.0001

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§2 Hölderlin's Peace

§2 Hölderlin's Peace

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Poetic Force

Kevin McLaughlin

Stanford University Press

This chapter develops an approach to Friedrich HÖlderlin's theory of the force peculiar to poetry and in particular poetic language on the basis of Walter Benjamin's comments on revolutionary force in his essay “Critique of Violence.” Reading Benjamin's essay as a reinterpretation of Kant's account of force and the power of possession in his moral and political philosophy this chapter works develops an approach to HÖlderlin's poem “Celebration of Peace” as an examination of revolutionary poetic force.

Keywords:   force, power, poetry, revolution, peace, property

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