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Translating the Enlightenment

Fania Oz-Salzberger

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780198205197
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676543 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205197.001.0001

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Translating the Enlightenment

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This is a study of the transmission of political ideas across languages and cultures, and in particular of a notably fruitful encounter between two distinct branches of 18th-century political discourse: the reception of Scottish civic ideas, developed most powerfully in the works of the Edinburgh historian-philosopher Adam Ferguson, by German intellectuals of the Enlightenment and Romantic eras. This book's detailed and challenging analysis places Ferguson in the context of the Scottish Enlightenment, and explores the impact of his theories on German Enlightenment thinkers. It traces the passage of Ferguson's civic humanism across linguistic and cultural borders, and highlights the linguistic stumbling-blocks and conceptual tensions that resulted. The book argues that there resulted a complex and largely unintentional shift of Scottish civic concepts into a German vocabulary of spiritual perfection and inner life, and that the misreading of Ferguson and other Scottish thinkers contributed much to the richness of German intellectual life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Keywords: Scottish civic ideas; Adam Ferguson; Enlightenment; Romantic era; Scottish Enlightenment; civic humanism

Book.  366 pages. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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Introduction in Translating the Enlightenment

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The Significance of Scotland in Germany in Translating the Enlightenment

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Ferguson in Germany: An Overview in Translating the Enlightenment

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Isaak Iselin: The Rejection of Conflict in Translating the Enlightenment

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: God in History in Translating the Enlightenment

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