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The Practices of the Enlightenment: Aesthetics, By (author)ship, and the Public

Dorothea von Mücke


Rethinking the relationship between eighteenth-century pietistic traditions and Enlightenment thought and practice, this book unravels the complex and often neglected religious origins of modern secular discourse. Mapping surprising routes of exchange between the religious and aesthetic writings of the period and recentering concerns of authorship and audience, it revitalizes scholarship on the Enlightenment. It engages with three critical categories: aesthetics, authorship, and the public sphere, tracing the relationship between religious and aesthetic modes of reflective contemplation, autob ... More

Keywords: authorship, Enlightenment, religious writings, aesthetic writings, audience, public sphere, autobiography, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Johann Gottfried von Herder

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231172462
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172462.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dorothea von Mücke, author