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Philosophy and political agency in the writings of Frederick II of Prussia

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Frederick II’s writings have conventionally been viewed either as political tools or as means of public self-fashioning – part of his campaign to raise the status of Prussia from middling principality to great power. This article, by contrast, argues that Frederick’s works must also be taken seriously on their own terms, and interpreted against the background of Enlightenment philosophy. Frederick’s notions of kingship and state service were not governed mostly by a principle of pure morality...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1017/S0018246X20000473

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Sub department:
History Faculty
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Journal:
Historical Journal More from this journal
Volume:
64
Issue:
3
Pages:
533 - 556
Publication date:
2020-11-10
Acceptance date:
2020-10-01
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EISSN:
1469-5103
ISSN:
0018-246X
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1138437
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pubs:1138437
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2020-10-20

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