First published in 1999, this volume follows the work of five influential figures in twentieth-century transatlantic intellectual history. The work forms the basis for this engaging interdisciplinary study of romantic science. In this book, Martin Halliwell constructs a tradition of romantic science by indicating points of theoretical intersection in the thought of William James (American philosopher); Otto Rank (Austrian psychoanalyst); Erik Erikson (Danish/German psychologist); and Oliver Sacks (British neurologist). Beginning with the ferment of intellectual activity in late eighteenth-century German Romanticism, Halliwell argues that only with William James’ theory of pragmatism early in the twentieth century did romantic science become a viable counter-tradition to strictly empirical science. Stimulated by recent debates over rival models of consciousness and renewed interest in theories of the self, Halliwell reveals that in their challenge to Freud’s adoption of ideas from nineteenth-century natural science, these thinkers have enlarged the possibilities of romantic science for bridging the perceived gulf between the arts and sciences.

chapter Chapter 1|44 pages

William James: The Pragmatic Romantic

chapter Chapter 2|40 pages

Otto Rank: The Creative Romantic

chapter Chapter 3|46 pages

Ludwig Binswanger: The Existential Romantic

chapter Chapter 4|41 pages

Erik Erikson: The Biographical Romantic

chapter Chapter 5|57 pages

Oliver Sacks: The Storytelling Romantic