Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi: ‘Anti-Rationalism’ and the Civic Discourse

Fania Oz-salzberger

in Translating the Enlightenment

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780198205197
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676543 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi: ‘Anti-Rationalism’ and the Civic Discourse

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This chapter examines the influence of Adam Ferguson's works on German philosopher Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi. It states that Jacobi was a lifelong admirer of Ferguson and he was Ferguson's most sympathetic and politically minded 18th century German. However, this does not fit his prevalent image of being a mystical metaphysician, a fervent anti-rationalist theist, and a leader of a German Counter-Enlightenment movement whose archenemy was Voltaire.

Keywords: Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi; Ferguson; Voltaire; Counter-Enlightenment movement

Chapter.  9933 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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