By Dorothea E. von Mücke
Rethinking the connection among eighteenth-century Pietist traditions and Enlightenment proposal and perform, The Practices of Enlightenment unravels the complicated and sometimes missed spiritual origins of contemporary secular discourse. Mapping amazing routes of trade among the spiritual and aesthetic writings of the interval and recentering matters of authorship and viewers, this ebook revitalizes scholarship at the Enlightenment.
By attractive with 3 serious categories--aesthetics, authorship, and the general public sphere--The Practices of Enlightenment illuminates the connection among non secular and aesthetic modes of reflective contemplation, autobiography and the hermeneutics of the self, and the discursive production of the general public sphere. Focusing principally on German highbrow lifestyles, this severe engagement additionally extends to France via Rousseau and to England via Shaftesbury. Rereading canonical works and lesser-known texts through Goethe, Lessing, and Herder, the publication demanding situations universal narratives recounting the increase of empiricist philosophy, the assumption of the "sensible" person, and the suggestion of the fashionable writer as superstar, bringing new point of view to the Enlightenment recommendations of intuition, force, genius, and the general public sphere.