By Dorothea E. von Mücke

Rethinking the connection among eighteenth-century pietistic traditions and Enlightenment proposal and perform, The Practices of Enlightenment unravels the complicated and sometimes overlooked non secular origins of recent secular discourse. Mapping dazzling routes of trade among the non secular and aesthetic writings of the interval and recentering matters of authorship and viewers, this booklet revitalizes scholarship at the Enlightenment.

The examine engages with 3 severe different types: aesthetics, authorship, and the general public sphere, tracing 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 existence, this severe engagement additionally extends to France via Rousseau and to England via Shaftesbury. Rereading canonical works and lesser-known texts via Goethe, Lessing, and Herder, the booklet demanding situations universal narratives recounting the increase of empiricist philosophy, the belief of the "sensible" person, and the inspiration of the fashionable writer as star, bringing new standpoint to the Enlightenment techniques of intuition, force, genius, and the general public sphere.

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