The Social Role of an Enlightened German Philosopher: Christian Wolff (1679–1754) in His Correspondence with Ernst Christoph Count of Manteuffel

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Title: The Social Role of an Enlightened German Philosopher: Christian Wolff (1679–1754) in His Correspondence with Ernst Christoph Count of Manteuffel
Author: Neumann, Hanns-Peter
Publisher: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Date: 2014-12
Language: en
Belongs to series: 16
ISBN: 978-951-51-0539-4
ISSN: 1796-2986
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/152642
Abstract: Referring to Christian Wolff’s letters to the Count of Manteuffel, his maecenas, I want to show how the philosopher Wolff had to present himself (dependant on the expectations of his addressee) as a specific social or intellectual type in order to propagate reliably what he and his adherents called the ‘truth’ of his philosophical worldview. Based on my analysis of Wolff’s correspondence with Manteuffel, I will focus on the question how in Wolff’s case the social role of the philosopher was determined and had to be performed in order to establish a successful enlightened culture and science politics.
Subject: Christian Wolff
Enlightenment
Philosophy
Ernst Christoph Count of Manteuffel
Rights: Author and Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies


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