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Enlightened MonksThe German Benedictines 1740-1803$
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Ulrich L. Lehner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199595129

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595129.001.0001

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5 The Challenge of New Modes of Communication

5 The Challenge of New Modes of Communication

(p.80) 5 The Challenge of New Modes of Communication
Enlightened Monks

Ulrich L. Lehner

Oxford University Press

Every monastery was in itself a place of networking, and a considerable number of monasteries engaged in various modes of communication. These forms entailed not only the correspondence between monastic houses and with scholars of different denominations, but also networking within scholarly societies and communication through published media. By participating in the newly established communication circles of the 18th century, the proponents of the monastic Enlightenment joined the overall Enlightenment process of overcoming social and confessional divides by creating a public discourse, decreasing prejudice and treating all academic disciplines equally.

Keywords:   communication networks, journals, academic and scholarly societies, public discourse, clandestine monastic Enlightenment

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