The Halle Orphanage as Scientific Community Hardback

Observation, Eclecticism, and Pietism in the Early Enlightenment

by Kelly Joan Whitmer;

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The Halle Orphanage as Scientific Community

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Founded around 1700 by a group of German Lutherans known as Pietists, the Halle Orphanage became the institutional headquarters of a universal seminar that still stands largely intact today. It was the base of an educational, charitable, and scientific community and consisted of an elite school for the sons of noblemen; schools for the sons of artisans, soldiers, and preachers; a hospital; an apothecary; a bookshop; a botanical garden; and a cabinet of curiosity containing architectural models, naturalia, and scientific instruments. Yet its reputation as a Pietist enclave has prevented the organization from being taken seriously as a scientific academy-event though, Kelly Joan Whitmer shows, this is precisely what it was. The Halle Orphanage as Scientific Community calls into question a tendency to view German Pietists as anti-science and anti-Enlightenment, arguing that these tendencies have drawn attention away from what was actually going on inside the orphanage.
Whitmer shows how the orphanage's identity as a scientific community hinged on its promotion of philosophical eclecticism as a tool for assimilating perspectives and observations and working to perfect one's abilities to observe methodically. Because of the link between eclecticism and observation, Whitmer reveals, those teaching and training in Halle's Orphanage contributed to the transformation of scientific observation and its related activities in this period.

The Halle Orphanage as Scientific Community by Kelly Joan Whitmer was published by The University of Chicago Press in May 2015. The ISBN for The Halle Orphanage as Scientific Community is 9780226243771.

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Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press (May 2015)
Number of Pages200
Thickness23 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4319940
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