Religion and the Origins of the German Enlightenment
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Religion and the Origins of the German Enlightenment

Faith and the Reform of Learning in the Thought of Christian Thomasius

by Thomas Ahnert

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Analysis of the close relationship between religion and secular learning in the works of one of the central figures of the early German Enlightenment, the jurist and philosopher Christian Thomasius (1655-1728).

The Enlightenment continues to be associated with the secularization and de-Christianization of intellectual culture in the West. And yet, religious thought played a far greater role in the emergence of the Enlightenment than is often recognized. In this book Thomas Ahnert analyzes the close relationship between religion and secular learning in the works of one of the central figures of the early German Enlightenment, the jurist and philosopher Christian Thomasius (1655-1728). Thomasius is now known mainly for his "enlightened" intellectual reform program, but Thomasius also believed that such reform necessarily involved a regeneration of Christian faith, which had been corrupted by self-interested clergymen and ecclesiastical institutions. This book is the first to examine the importance of Thomasius's complex religious beliefs for the entire spectrum of his main intellectual interests, which ranged from moral philosophy and law to history and the explanation of natural phenomena.

Thomas Ahnert is Lecturer in Early Modern Intellectual History at the University of Edinburgh.
Introduction Christian Thomasius and the Early German Enlightenment
Religion, Law, and Politics: Historical Contexts
Religion and the Limits of Philosophy
The Prince and the Church: The Critique of "Lutheran Papalism"
Ecclesiastical History and the Rise of Clerical Tyranny
The History of Roman Law
Natural Law [I]: The Institutes of Divine Jurisprudence
Natural Law [II]: The Transformation of Christian Thomasius's Natural Jurisprudence
The Interpretation of Nature
Conclusion: Reason and Faith in the Early German Enlightenment

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Title Details

196 Pages

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Series: Rochester Studies in Philosophy

Series Vol. Number: 12

Imprint: University of Rochester Press