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Translating the EnlightenmentScottish Civic Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Germany$
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Fania Oz-Salzberger

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205197

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205197.001.0001

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

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

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(p.257) 11 Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi: ‘Anti-Rationalism’ and the Civic Discourse
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Translating the Enlightenment
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Fania Oz-salzberger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205197.003.0012

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

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