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The Cultural Values of Europe$
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Hans Joas and Klaus Wiegandt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311383

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315800

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The Status of the Enlightenment in German History1

The Status of the Enlightenment in German History1

(p.253) 10 The Status of the Enlightenment in German History1
The Cultural Values of Europe

Reinhart Koselleck

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This chapter discusses the philosophy of the Enlightenment and its standing within the German vocabulary. Mendelssohn defined the Enlightenment in 1784 and contrasted praxis-related culture and theory-related Enlightenment, considering them under the key concept of Bildung (encompassing different meanings such as ‘formation’, ‘education’ or ‘cultivation’), which absorbed the Enlightenment into itself.

Keywords:   Enlightenment, German vocabulary, Mendelssohn, Bildung, formation, education, cultivation

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