Myth and myth-making in the philosophy of early German romanticism

Philosophical and cultural studies

The paper is dedicated to the question of the knowledge in the worldview of Early German Romanticism. Epistemological issues revealed through the understanding of nature of art and the part myth takes in art, considering romanticism as a primary unit relating to the science. To achieve this goal I carried out historical and philosophical analysis of the concept of the philosophy of art in Schelling and Novalis works, where the myth-making is the main life-affirming force. The result of the study summarizes the following conclusions: myth-making is the main instrument of knowledge in the art and the artist endowed with mystical powers; the concept of myth and symbol appear ot be identical in the philosophy of Early German Romanticism; in the later period of romanticism myth becomes common cultural basis for the implementation of the social mission of unification of the German people.