Die Illuminaten, Schiller und die Anfänge des Kantianismus

Die Illuminaten, Schiller und die Anfänge des Kantianismus
9 May 2019, 5.46pm - 7.00pm

Speaker: Martin Mulsow (author of 'Enlightenment Underground: Radical Germany, 1680-1720')

In the years following 1784, the centre of the Order of Illuminati, which had been founded by Adam Weishaupt in Bavaria, moved to Central Germany. Now this secret society was active in Gotha, Weimar, and somewhat later in Jena, and was no longer working against reigning princes, but, in Gotha at least, was working together with them. The lecture will focus on the small Illuminati group in Jena, which met from 1785 to 1788. It consisted mainly of law students, whose meetings can be reconstructed on the basis of unpublished protocols and lecture scripts. The remarkable thing about this group is that it was closely bound up with the early reception of the work of Immanuel Kant and paved the way for its broad impact on the thought of Friedrich Schiller and German Idealism. 

Attendance free. Please register online in advance. 


Jane Lewin
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