Practices of friendship and therapeutic writing in the German civic enlightenment

Andreas Rydberg
The eighteenth century has long been acknowledged as the century of friendship. More recently, scholars have drawn attention to the emergence of a civic ideal of authentic, intimate and sensible friendship in the mid-eighteenth century. In this article I further explore this context by focusing on two key actors: the theologian Samuel Gotthold Lange and the philosopher Georg Friedrich Meier. While earlier studies have primarily analyzed the civic ideal of friendship as a broad cultural...
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