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Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany$
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Zachary Purvis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198783381

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783381.001.0001

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Schleiermacher from Halle to Berlin

Schleiermacher from Halle to Berlin

(p.110) 6 Schleiermacher from Halle to Berlin
Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany

Zachary Purvis

Oxford University Press

This chapter zooms in on the context of Schleiermacher’s brief tenure at the University of Halle and the eventual founding of the University of Berlin in the wake of Halle’s closure and as part of the Prussian reform era. It highlights Schleiermacher’s early theological lectures and the uneven development of his thought on theology as a university discipline. It examines an important and formative series of disputes over the future of the theological curriculum, revolving around Halle but holding profound ramifications for the direction of nineteenth-century German university theology as a whole. Finally, it considers the extraordinary political initiative to establish a new Prussian university: the University of Berlin (1810). Theology’s right to a seat in the new institution was fiercely contested. Landmark proposals for the new university, the so-called ‘positive sciences’, and the structure and content of theology in the modern world are explored in detail.

Keywords:   Friedrich Schleiermacher, University of Berlin, University of Halle, Prussia, German university model, theological faculty, philosophy faculty, positive science

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