International Journal of

Arts , Humanities & Social Science

ISSN 2693-2547 (Print) , ISSN 2693-2555 (Online)
Germaine de Staël's Representation of Germany: A Source of French Spiritualism (1800-1815)

Abstract

 

This paper is an investigation into the gestation period of French spiritualism which triumphed in Victor Cousin's teaching. We deal with the question of Madame de Staël's influence and in particular her ideas on German culture and German idealism. We show that these ideas, born in part from the dialogue with Charles de Villers, were fruitful when they crossed paths with the latest philosophy of Maine de Biran. It was in this context that Victor Cousin had the idea of moving towards German idealism.