This monumental work features the most important German philosophers, jurists, pedagogues, literary critics, doctors, historians, and others whose work has philosophical significance who lived and wrote in the eighteenth century, covering the period between 1701 and 1801. The Dictionary includes work by philosophers whose mother tongue was German, were published in German or who lived in Germany for an extended period of time. Since historic borders are different from today's, the Dictionary includes authors born or who lived in places such as Strasbourg, Danzig, Koenisberg, or Austria. Swiss philosophers are also covered. These philosophers published in German, Latin, French, and Hebrew. Since German philosophy cannot be understood without the influence of French and English philosophers, the work also includes translators and editors. Each entry aims to give the reader insight into the philosophers' life and contribution to the world of thought. Bibliographical references will help with further research.
The entries include a biographical sketch, analysis of doctrines with emphasis on historical context, subsequent influences, and bibliography of further works and secondary literature.
Heiner F. Klemme is Professor of Philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Germany. Manfred Kuehn previous works include: Scottish Common Sense in Germany (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1988), Immanuel Kant, An International Anthology of Essays on Kant. 2 vols., edited with Heiner F. Klemme (Ashgate, 2000), Immanuel Kant, A Biography (Cambridge University Press, 2001, with translations into German, Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Rumanian).