By Dorothea E. von Mücke
Rethinking the connection among eighteenth-century Pietist traditions and Enlightenment proposal and perform, The Practices of Enlightenment unravels the advanced and infrequently missed non secular origins of contemporary secular discourse. Mapping incredible routes of alternate among the non secular and aesthetic writings of the interval and recentering issues of authorship and viewers, this ebook revitalizes scholarship at the Enlightenment.
By enticing with 3 serious categories--aesthetics, authorship, and the general public sphere--The Practices of Enlightenment illuminates the connection among spiritual and aesthetic modes of reflective contemplation, autobiography and the hermeneutics of the self, and the discursive construction of the general public sphere. Focusing mostly on German highbrow lifestyles, this serious engagement additionally extends to France via Rousseau and to England via Shaftesbury. Rereading canonical works and lesser-known texts by way of Goethe, Lessing, and Herder, the ebook demanding situations universal narratives recounting the increase of empiricist philosophy, the belief of the "sensible" person, and the idea of the trendy writer as famous person, bringing new viewpoint to the Enlightenment ideas of intuition, force, genius, and the general public sphere.