Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für die Erforschung der Europäischen Aufklärung

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg Siegel

Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies

The IZEA was founded in 1990 as a central scientific institution of the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. As a research institution for the history of culture and ideas, it explores the foundation of modern Western societies through the study of ideas and cultural patterns developed in the 18th century.

18th century studies

The research program includes research and publishing projects dedicated to a wide variety of themes, such as the history of universities, societies and communication; anthropology, aesthetics, culture and knowledge transfer, scholarly culture and literary forms of representation in the 18th century; the development of cultural patterns; the Enlightenment in global networks; and the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz.

Connected with the region's research institutions

The IZEA is located in the Red School, built in 1896, which was formerly the Higher School for Girls of the Francke Foundations. The IZEA houses a public library containing primary sources and research literature related to the Enlightenment in regional and European contexts. The Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Modern Written Culture and European Knowledge Transfer and the Immanuel-Kant-Forum also have their offices in the building.

Enlightenment studies in international networks

Thanks to its outstanding library, its publishing projects, its geographic proximity to important historic sites related to the Enlightenment (including extensive archives, libraries and art collections), and its partnerships with major cultural and scientific institutions,  the IZEA is now one of the most important international research institutes dedicated to the study of the Enlightenment, and is an essential meeting point for scientists from around the world.

Christian Thomasius: Selected Works

Project managers: Dr. Frank Grunert, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner Schneiders (Münster)

Duration of project: seit 1993

Project Description

The Ausgewählten Werke of Christian Thomasius have initially been edited by Prof. Dr. Dr. Werner Schneiders, h. c. (Münster). With the publication of the Monatsgespräche, Dr. Frank Grunert is now also an official editor, with, since 1993, a reprint edition whose individual volumes offer an introductory preface by the respective volume editors and are published by the Georg Olms Verlag. The publication also offers a thorough index of persons and subjects. In addition to the 24 volumes originally intended by Werner Schneiders, which essentially encompass the main philosophical works of the jurist and philosopher, eight further volumes are planned. They are dedicated to the history of science and to the scientifically reformist works of Thomasius and allow therefore a more accurate positioning of Thomasius' works in the debate over the contemporary scholarly culture. The expansion of edition should therefore provide insights into both the issues raised by the changing history of science and offer a new perception of Thomasius' work in the context of his time.

Publications

Volume 1
Introductio ad philosophiam aulicam. Leipzig 1688, Reprint: Hildesheim 1993. Edited with a preface by Werner Schneiders, Index of persons and subjects by Martin Schewe.

Volume 2
Einleitung zur Hofphilosophie. Berlin und Leipzig 1712, Reprint: Hildesheim 1994. Edited with a preface by Werner Schneiders, Index of persons and subjects by Frank Grunert.

Volume 4
Göttliche Rechtsgelahrheit. Halle 1709, Reprint: Hildesheim 2001. Edited with a preface by Frank Grunert, Index of persons and subjects by Kay Zenker.

Volume 5.1–7.1.
Monatsgespräche. Halle 1688-1690, Reprint: Hildesheim 2015. Edited with a preface by Herbert Jaumann, Index of persons and subjects by Sabine Wöller.

Volume 8
Einleitung zur Vernunftlehre. Halle 1691, Reprint: Hildesheim 1998. Edited with a preface by Werner Schneiders, Index of persons and subjects by Frauke Annegret Kurbacher.

Volume 9
Ausübung der Vernunftlehre. Halle 1691, Reprint: Hildesheim 1998. Edited with a preface by Werner Schneiders, Index of persons and subjects by Frauke Annegret Kurbacher.

Volume 10
Einleitung zur Sittenlehre. Halle 1692, Reprint: Hildesheim 1995. Edited with a preface by Werner Schneiders, Index of persons and subjects by Albrecht Geck.

Volume 11
Ausübung der Sittenlehre. Halle 1696, Reprint: Hildesheim 1999. Edited with a preface by Werner Schneiders, Index of persons and subjects by Frauke Annegret Kurbacher.

Volume 12
Versuch von Wesen des Geistes. Halle 1699, Reprint: Hildesheim 2004. Edited with a preface and Index of persons and subjects by Kay Zenker.

Volume 13
Summarischer Entwurf der Grundlehren. Halle 1699, Reprint: Hildesheim 2005. Edited with a preface and Index of persons and subjects by Kay Zenker.

Volume 16
Kurzer Entwurf der Politischen Klugheit. Frankfurt 1707. Reprint: Hildesheim 2002. Edited with a preface by Werner Schneiders, Index of persons and subjects by Kay Zenker.

Volume 18
Grundlehren des Natur- und Völkerrechts. Halle 1709, Reprint: Hildesheim 2003. Edited with a preface by Frank Grunert, Index of persons and subjects by Kay Zenker.

Volume 19
Cautelae circa praecognita jurisprudentiae. Halle 1710, Reprint: Hildesheim 2006. Edited with a preface by Friedrich Vollhardt, Index of persons and subjects by Sigrid Schunk.

Volume 20
Cautelen zur Erlernung der Rechtsgelehrtheit. Halle 1713. Reprint: Hildesheim 2006. Edited with a preface by Friedrich Vollhardt, Index of persons and subjects by Stefanie Kießling.

Volume 21
Programmata. Halle und Leipzig 1724. Reprint: Hildesheim 2010. Edited with a preface and Index of persons and subjects by Georg Steinberg.

Volume 22
Kleine Teutsche Schriften. Halle 1701. Reprint: Hildesheim 1994. Edited with a preface by Werner Schneiders,  Index of persons and subjects by Martin Pott.

Volume 23
Auserlesene deutsche Schriften. Erster Teil. Halle 1705. Reprint: Hildesheim 1994. Edited with a preface by Werner Schneiders, Index of persons and subjects by Frank Grunert.

Volume 24
Auserlesene deutsche Schriften. Zweiter Teil. Frankfurt und Leipzig 1714. Reprint: Hildesheim 1994. Edited with a preface by Werner Schneiders, Index of persons and subjects by Frank Grunert.

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