Friedrich Schiller: The Citizen and the Dancer

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 Schiller: The Citizen and the Dancer

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This chapter presents an account of German philosopher Friedrich Schiller as a reader of Adam Ferguson's works. It analyses Schiller's place in the context of contemporary German discourse and the development of his politics. The result reveals that Schiller's reading of Ferguson was both selective and highly enthusiastic and that it followed two patterns. These are the separation of Ferguson's psychology and ethics from his politics, and the significant upgrading of his idea of human perfection at the expense of civic activism.

Keywords: Friedrich Schiller; Adam Ferguson; politics; psychology; ethics; civic activism; human perfection

Chapter.  15118 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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