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The German Historicist Tradition$
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Frederick C. Beiser

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691555

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691555.001.0001

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Justus Möser and the Roots of Historicism

Justus Möser and the Roots of Historicism

(p.63) 2 Justus Möser and the Roots of Historicism
The German Historicist Tradition

Frederick C. Beiser

Oxford University Press

This chapter is a close study of the intellectual development of Justus Möser (1720–94), who is another founding figure of the German historicist tradition. It considers the motives and sources of Möser's interest in history and his early philosophical views. The controversial question of Möser's relationship to the Enlightenment and the natural law tradition is discussed. A final section considers Möser's origins and intentions behind his most famous work, his Osnabrückische Geschichte.

Keywords:   Möser, Osnabrück, localism, skepticism, Aufklärung, individuality, natural law

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