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The German Enlightenment: Modern Interpretations

  • Leo Catana
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Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées book series (ARCH, volume 227)

Abstract

This chapter presents and discusses interpretations of German Enlightenment thought advanced over the last hundred years, notably those current in contemporary scholarship. It discusses whether it is possible to determine the period in an essentialist manner, valid to the European Enlightenment, or only according to national and more local categories. Jonathan Israel’s interpretation of the European, so-called ‘radical Enlightenment’ is discussed critically, and it is argued that religion and philosophy were not separated in the German Enlightenment, but intimately connected.

Keywords

Enlightenment Lutheranism Religion and philosophy Platonism Jonathan Israel 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leo Catana
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  1. 1.Division of Philosophy, Faculty of HumanitiesUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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