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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 Schiller: The Citizen and the Dancer

Friedrich Schiller: The Citizen and the Dancer

(p.280) 12 Friedrich Schiller: The Citizen and the Dancer
Translating the Enlightenment

Fania Oz-salzberger

Oxford University Press

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

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