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Dan Ch. Christensen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.001.0001

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| 1807 | 1807 Fichte's Idealism and Napoleon's Wars

| 1807 | 1807 Fichte's Idealism and Napoleon's Wars

(p.196) 20 | 1807 Fichte's Idealism and Napoleon's Wars
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Napoleon occupies Prussia and closes its universities. Oehlenschläger visits Goethe in Weimar, and Fichte taking flight from Napoleon's armies ends up in Copenhagen visiting the Ørsted family. Anders and his wife are dedicated readers of Fichte's works, and their enthusiasm aroused by seeing this celebrity in person is recorded and followed by a brief introduction to Fichte's moral philosophy. Fichte's influence on intellectuals in Copenhagen was considerable. In turn Fichte has to flee Denmark, too, because the British navy is approaching. The bombardment of Copenhagen in September 1807 is described through the eyes of the main characters of the people surrounding the Ørsted family. None of its members were killed, but the casualties and damages of this first terror bombardment of civilians were many. The University and many colleges were in ruins and the entire Danish-Norwegian navy was abducted.

Keywords:   Napoleon invades Prussia, Oehlenschläger, Fichte, Anders and Sophie Ørsted, Fichte's moral philosophy, The bombardment of Copenhagen

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