Justus Möser and the Roots of Historicism

Frederick C. Beiser

in The German Historicist Tradition

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199691555
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731839 | DOI:
Justus Möser and the Roots of Historicism

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This chapter is a close study of the intellectual development of Justus Möser (1720–94), who is another founding figure of the German historicist tradition. It considers the motives and sources of Möser's interest in history and his early philosophical views. The controversial question of Möser's relationship to the Enlightenment and the natural law tradition is discussed. A final section considers Möser's origins and intentions behind his most famous work, his Osnabrückische Geschichte.

Keywords: Möser; Osnabrück; localism; skepticism; Aufklärung; individuality; natural law

Chapter.  19130 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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