Passions and the German Enlightenment: The political thought of J.H.G. von Justi

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dc.contributor.author NOKKALA, Ere Pertti
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-19T11:47:57Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-19T11:47:57Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Florence, European University Institute, 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/14985
dc.description Defense date: 14/10/2010 en
dc.description Examining Board: Prof. Martin van Gelderen (European University Institute) supervisor Prof. Hans Erich Bödeker (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) external supervisor Prof. Pasi Ihalainen (University of Jyväskylä) Prof. Sebastian Conrad (European University Institute) en
dc.description.abstract This thesis is the first comprehensive interpretation of J.H.G. von Justi’s political and international thought. It demonstrates that the intellectual world of Justi was much more diverse and open than has previously been admitted. The same is true of the tradition of cameralism which has been largely misunderstood. Cameralism was not an obstacle for the reception of natural law theories that emphasised the passionate and self-interested side of the human nature. On the contrary, it was Justi who built his sciences of state on the foundation of natural law. So far those scholars who have admitted the importance of the natural law to Justi - with the exception of Horst Dreitzel - have fallen back on the idea that the natural law Justi adopted was that of Christian Wolff, an interpretation which is in itself another sign of the belief that German enlightenment was a unitary movement. However, it was the natural law of Schmauss and not of Wolff on which Justi built his theory of the state and similarly, of international relations. The German enlightenment was not a singular movement solely in the hands of rationalist metaphysicians. One of the guiding lines of this thesis is that Justi’s entire thought was constructed to oppose this tradition. en
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI PhD theses en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Department of History and Civilization en
dc.subject.lcsh Enlightenment -- Germany
dc.subject.lcsh Gottsched, Johann Christoph, 1700-1766
dc.title Passions and the German Enlightenment: The political thought of J.H.G. von Justi en
dc.type Thesis en
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