Karl Leonhard Reinhold and the Enlightenment

The 2007 Montréal International Reinhold Workshop

  • George Giovanni

Part of the Studies in German Idealism book series (SIGI, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Reinhold, Freemason and Educator of Humankind

  3. Reinhold and the Historical Turn

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Daniel Breazeale
      Pages 89-111
  4. Reinhold in Struggle with Religious and Moral Issues

  5. Reinhold and Systematicity: Theory of Science and Theory of Mind

  6. Appendix: Sources and Materials

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 315-337

About this book


Karl Leonhard Reinhold (1757-1823) is a complex figure of the late German Enlightenment. Sometime Catholic priest and active Mason even when still a cleric in Vienna; early disciple of Kant and the first to try to reform the Critique of Reason; influential teacher and prolific author; astute commentator on the immediate post-Kantian scene; and at all times convinced propagandist of the Enlightenment––in all these roles Reinhold reflected his age but also tested the limits of the values that had inspired it. This collection of essays, originally presented at an international workshop held in Montreal in 2007, conveys this multifaceted figure of Reinhold in all its details. In the four themes that run across the contributions––the historicity of reason; the primacy of moral praxis; the personalism of religious belief; and the transformation of classical metaphysics into phenomenology of mind––Reinhold is presented as a catalyst of nineteenth century thought but also as one who remained bound to intellectual prejudices that were typical of the Enlightenment and, for this reason, as still the representative of a past age. The volume contains the text of two hitherto unpublished Masonic speeches by Reinhold, and a description of recently recovered transcripts of student lecture notes dating to Reinhold’s early Jena period.


Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel Immanuel Kant Johann Gottlieb Fichte Karl Marx logic

Editors and affiliations

  • George Giovanni
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. PhilosophyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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