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Berg, Gunhild

Erzählte Menschenkenntnis

Moralische Erzählungen und Verhaltensschriften der deutschsprachigen Spätaufklärung

[Narratives on Human Nature. Moral narratives and behavioural treatises in late German Enlightenment.]

Series:Hallesche Beiträge zur Europäischen Aufklärung 30

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    February 2012
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    Aims and Scope

    In terms of the moral strictures of German enlightenment, knowledge of human nature was equivalent to judgment on it. The study demonstrates that moral narratives exemplify the resulting epistemological problem besetting moral philosophy, social ethics, and anthropology: the impossibility of truly knowing the Other. They reflect and engage with the contradiction between morals, morality, and judgment inherent in the philosophy of the Enlightenment. By combining morality and behavioural doctrine with a fictional view of the inner life of the Other they compensate for the lack of human knowledge prevalent at the end of the 18th century.


    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    x, 406 pages
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    "This study provides a reassessment of German moral tales and a long-awaited investigation of moral tales and moral treatises from an anthropological perspective."
    Brian McInnis in: Monatshefte 3.101/2009

    "Gunhild Berg hat eine bedeutende Leistung vorgelegt, sie bringt der Germanistik aber auch der Soziologie Neues."
    Justin Stagl in: Sociologia Internationalis Nr. 45, 1-2/2007

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