This chapter reviews why the disgust with omnipresent political activity is the greatest incentive to Romanticism. It highlights how politics induced an estrangement from the entire social world and with it a mixture of hatred and anxiety about the future of European culture as a whole. It also explains the reasons why the romantic suffers from political claustrophobia while the social theologian allowed political and cultural involvement to encompass its faith. The chapter analyzes how the new justification of some form of politics as culturally valuable and intellectually necessary answers the quasi-politics of despair. It also talks about skepticism as an attitude of expectation that leads to the unhappy consciousness.
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