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April 2018
Lichtenbergkolleg, Historische Sternwarte

Exhibition: Lichtenberg’s human figurations – Characters and Stereotypes in the Göttingen Enlightenment

April 12 at 14:00 - May 5 at 18:00
Geismarer Landstraße 11
Göttingen, 37083 Germany
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Focusing on the work of the Kolleg’s namesake Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799) and his colleague Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752-1840) this exhibition examines a controversial part of Europe’s Enlightenment legacy and questions its relevance. Aiming to understand the motivations and methods of these key representatives of Göttingen’s Enlightenment, the exhibition aims to display historic images and ideas without perpetuating what we now critically see as errors and essentialisms. Lichtenberg garnered an international reputation for his work in the natural sciences. For…

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May 2018
KWZ 0.607

Zhang Chunjie: Weber, China, and Cultural Pessimism

May 3 at 18:00 - 20:00
Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14
Göttingen, 37073 Germany
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This talk attempts to read Max Weber’s treatise on Chinese Confucianism and Taoism, contained in his magnum opus Wirtschaftsethik der Weltreligionen, as a critique of a rationalism that Weber sees as the core component of Christian puritanism and as the foundational force for the rise of capitalism in Europe and America. This talk is cautious about understanding Weber’s theoretical effort as a triumphant historicist and cultural legitimation for European capitalism in the early twentieth century. Rather it discusses a deep…

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