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The Halle Orphanage as Scientific Community
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The Halle Orphanage as Scientific Community: Observation, Eclecticism, and Pietism in the Early Enlightenment

Kelly Joan Whitmer

Abstract

Observing at the Orphanage uncovers the crucial contributions of Halle’s Orphanage to the broader scientific enterprise of the early eighteenth century. Founded by a group of German Lutherans known as Pietists in 1695, this Orphanage became the showplace of a “universal seminar” that was affiliated with the newly founded University of Halle and the Berlin Academy of Sciences, forged lasting connections with Tsar Peter the Great and later became the headquarters of the world’s first Protestant mission to India. Yet, due to its reputation as a ‘Pietist’ enclave inhabited mainly by young people, ... More

Keywords: Pietist, scientific observation, scientific community, eclecticism, enlightenment, public science, material models, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226243771
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226243801.001.0001

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Kelly Joan Whitmer, author

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