The education of Anacharsis Cloots (1755–1794) at the Berlin Académie militaire des nobles (1770–1773)
Title: The education of Anacharsis Cloots (1755–1794) at the Berlin Académie militaire des nobles (1770–1773)
Author: POULSEN, Frank Ejby
Citation: History of European ideas, 2018, Vol. 44, No. 5, pp. 559-574
ISSN: 0191-6599; 1873-541X
This article examines the education that Anacharsis Cloots (1755–1794) received during his stay at the Berlin Académie des nobles (1770–1773). Cloots wrote at several occasions about his education there, notably naming Sulzer as a philosophical influence 10 years later. Examining the pupils’ life at the Académie, Sulzer’s teaching, and the detailed study schedule, this paper wonders what elements may have influenced Cloots. It is likely that Sulzer taught the philosophy of Wolff, but it is difficult to ascertain his influence on Cloots. There are similarities between Wolff’s civitas maxima and Cloots’s ‘universal republic’ that justify further studies.
First published online: 12 Jun 2018
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