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  1. Idealism and the Endgame of Theory: Three Essays by F. W. J. Schelling.Thomas Pfau (ed.) - 1994 - State University of New York Press.
    Three seminal philosophical texts by F. W. J. Schelling, arguably the most complex representations of German Idealism, are clearly presented here for the first time in English.
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  2. Minding the Modern: Human Agency, Intellectual Traditions, and Responsible Knowledge.Thomas Pfau - 2013 - University of Notre Dame Press.
    In this brilliant study, Thomas Pfau argues that the loss of foundational concepts in classical and medieval Aristotelian philosophy caused a fateful separation between reason and will in European thought. Pfau traces the evolution and eventual deterioration of key concepts of human agency—will, person, judgment, action—from antiquity through Scholasticism and on to eighteenth-century moral theory and its critical revision in the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Featuring extended critical discussions of Aristotle, Gnosticism, Augustine, Aquinas, Ockham, Hobbes, Shaftesbury, Mandeville, Hutcheson, Hume, (...)
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  3. Friedrich Holderlin: Essays and Letters on Theory.Thomas Pfau (ed.) - 1987 - State University of New York Press.
    Holderlin's essays and letters constitute essential documents for an understanding of the transitional period from neo-classical poetics to what can only be characterized as a unique and, in its frequently experimental structure, essentially modernist poetics. This book contains virtually all of Holderlin's theoretical writings translated for the first time. In spite of the great significance of Holderlin's ideas for contemporary critical thought, most of his highly important theoretical oeuvre has been unavailable to English readers until now. Here also are a (...)
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    Philosophy and Theology in Germany, 1918 to 1933: Editorial Introduction.Judith Wolfe & Thomas Pfau - 2019 - Modern Theology 35 (1):3-4.
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    “Superabundant Being”: Disambiguating Rilke and Heidegger.Thomas Pfau - 2019 - Modern Theology 35 (1):23-42.
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    The Failure of Charity and the Loss of Personhood.Thomas Pfau - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (2):4-20.
    Pfau elaborates the arguments he develops in Minding the Modern, and devotes particular attention to the question of the incommensurability of premodern and modern accounts of personhood and agency. He highlights the distinct nature of humanistic forms of inquiry and examines their hermeneutic character, noting the priority of meaning over method. He emphasizes the interdependence of affection, volition, and cognition, and also analyzes varying descriptions of relationality. The article closes with a meditation on a section of T.S. Eliot’s Waste Land (...)
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    Immediacy and the Text: Friedrich Schleiermacher's Theory of Style and Interpretation.Thomas Pfau - 1990 - Journal of the History of Ideas 51 (1):51.
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    Newman's Idea of Tradition.Thomas Pfau - 2015 - Newman Studies Journal 12 (2):86-100.
    This paper, given at NINS on October 15, 2015, explores J. H. Newman’s rethinking of the concept of tradition. Whereas Romantic historicism and sentimentalism conceptions frame the past as an inventory of ’’information” or as a focal point of affective reminiscence, Newman approaches tradition as a continuous and ongoing development that shows past and present becoming progressively more intelligible and mutually illuminating. Agents of knowledge do not “define” or “possess” the past as an accomplished “tradition” but, on the contrary, realize (...)
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