Kleist, Heinrich Von (1777-1811) - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Philosophy

This encyclopedia article consists of approximately 3┬ápages of information about Kleist, Heinrich Von (1777–1811).

Kleist, Heinrich Von (1777-1811) - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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Heinrich von Kleist, a German dramatist, poet, and novelist, was born in Frankfurt on the Oder. Following a family tradition, Kleist entered the Prussian military service at fourteen, but he left, dissatisfied, in 1799. Uncertain what profession to adopt, Kleist prepared himself for the university by studying privately philosophy, mathematics, and classical languages. An intensive study of Immanuel Kant, or perhaps of Johann Gottlieb Fichte, led to a spiritual crisis in March 1801. The relativity of all knowledge seemed to Kleist to render life, especially a life dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, pointless. In disgust he discontinued his studies and journeyed to Paris and Switzerland. His decision to pursue a literary career led to a second crisis: Afraid that he had no talent, he burned his tragedy Robert Guiskard in 1803. A period of restless activity followed. In 1805 he obtained a minor civil service...

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