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Exaltation of the "Self"
In the 19th century, the profound upheaval of society and the
fading away of religious beliefs provoked a real imbalance in this society.
|Analysis of the "self"|
What one has in particular or exceptional is examined.
"Foolish you who believes I am not you!"
Runge, 1802 - Self-portrait
|Affirmation of the "self"|
|- Originality in
manners, dress, language.
- Originality in the style of living, social relationships.
- Demand for personal freedom, with a braving of society at times anti-social, or rather anti-bourgeois.
|Pride in "self" and feeling of superiority|
|One is conscious of one's personal genius, even when unrecognised by society.||Delacroix, 1840 - Self-portrait|
|Self first of all – above social welfare|
|Individual Rights are deemed superior to those of society over the
individual. For example: Love
- Two persons separated by man, have the right to be united before God.
- Two persons united by man but without love can consider this union as null.
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