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A Comparative Look at the Scottish and German Enlightenments

Fania Oz-salzberger

in Translating the Enlightenment

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780198205197
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676543 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205197.003.0002

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

A Comparative Look at the Scottish and German Enlightenments

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This chapter compares the Scottish Enlightenment and the German Aufklärung, which were among the most lively and distinct national variants of the European Enlightenment. It examines the passage of political ideas between two 18th century cultures in the Scottish and German versions of the Enlightenment. It suggests that while Scottish epistemology, aesthetics, and political economy all left marks on German writings of the late Enlightenment and early romanticism, its political thought failed to cross the cultural and linguistic barriers with similar ease.

Keywords: Scottish Enlightenment; European Enlightenment; political ideas; cultural barrier; linguistic barrier

Chapter.  19797 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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