Light in GermanyScenes from an Unknown Enlightenment

Light in GermanyScenes from an Unknown Enlightenment

T. J. Reed

Print publication date: 2015

ISBN: 9780226205106

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

The purpose of this book is to show the quality of German eighteenth-century writing and the continuing vital relevance of its ideas. The ‘scenes’ from this ‘unknown Enlightenment’ connect the principle of freedom of thought with all areas of its culture: epistemology, history, drama, poetry, travel, ethics, aesthetics, science, education, communication, and proposals for permanent peace. That makes a coherent overall argument, but the chapters can be read as studies of the individual themes.