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Curiosity in the Austrian Enlightenment

Abstract:
Catholic culture is popularly supposed not to be conducive to curiosity. Yet the Austrian Enlightenment, which reached its peak in the 1780s but had intellectual and institutional roots earlier in the eighteenth century, encouraged curiosity - sometimes unofficial - in many areas. The three here examined are: the study of the Bible and Church history; natural science; and ethnography, or the description of foreign peoples, a genre which developed from travel literature and became fully established at the end of the century.
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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1179/007871909x467921

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St John's College
Department:
Humanities Division - Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty - German
Publisher:
W. S. Maney & Son Ltd. Publisher's website
Journal:
Oxford German Studies Journal website
Volume:
38
Issue:
2
Pages:
129-142
Publication date:
2009
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ISSN:
0078-7191
URN:
uuid:dd82ee77-5292-4435-a98f-a707f7613cd8
Local pid:
ora:4260

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