<history of philosophy, biography> French novelist, essayist and philosopher (1766-1817). Although her controversial political views were often condemned, Madame de Stael's De l'influence des passions sur le boneur des individuals et des nations (A Treatise on the Influence of the Passions on the Happiness of Individuals and of Nations) (1796) was the chief source of her generation's information about the philosophies of Rousseau and Kant, while her De l'Allemagne (On Germany) emphasized the work of Fichte, Schelling, and the Romantics. Recommended Reading: Germaine De Stael, Politics, Literature, and National Character, tr. by Monroe Berger (Transaction, 2000); Major Writings of Germaine De Stael, ed. by Vivian Folkenflik (Columbia, 1992); and J. Christopher Herold, Mistress to an Age (Greenwood, 1975).
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