chapter  21
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A ROMANTIC EDUCATION: A CONCEPT OF BUILDING IN EARLY GERMAN ROMANTICISM

In 1799 Friedrich Schlegel, the ringleader of the early romantic circle, stated, with uncommon and uncharacteristic clarity, his view of the summum bonum, the supreme value in life: “The highest good, and [the source of] everything that is useful, is culture” (Bildung).1 Since the German word Bildung is virtually synonomous with education, Schlegel might as well have said that the highest good is education.