A tragic attempt to tame the tides of his time--the assertion of the absolute will culminating in grave political aggression (e.g. Heidegger) and the nihilistic temptation preluding political abdication (e.g. Mann, Jünger). Yet the two pictures of eternity as seen in Hegel and Goethe cannot possibly coexist, leading often to the latter's decease.
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