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Event Date: 4th Feb 2016 | 17:00
The German Enlightenment in Philosophy and Literature. Ideas, Aporias, Legacy
IMLR, Room 234, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London.
Reading group / seminar In the last decades, scholarship on the German Enlightenment has followed quite new paths. After moving away from the old narrative of a sterile, naïvely optimistic and rationalist movement, scholars rediscovered the German Enlightenment as intrinsically open-minded and, insofar, as a crucial step toward contemporary culture. A key-feature of this new approach has to be seen in the dismissal of any dogmatic interpretative claim and in the consequent acknowledgment that the project of the Enlightenment itself is not free from shortcomings, which however do not diminish its values. The reading group aims to explore this new territory from an interdisciplinary perspective: philosophical and literary texts by, among others, Kant, Mendelssohn and Schiller will be read and discussed, both in German original and in English translation. Suggestions on other eighteenth-, nineteenth- or twentieth-century texts, which might shed new light on the Enlightenment itself or its legacy, will also be welcome. The reading group is primarily aimed at graduates in both German and Philosophy, but is open to all.