Peter Hanns Reill

Professor & Director, Center for 17th & 18th Century Studies and William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.

Fields of interest: Modern European History: Intellectual history; Germany; Philosophy of history.

Publications:

Books:

The German Enlightenment and the Rise of Historicism, University of California Press, 1975.

Aufklarung und Geschichte: Studien zur deutsche Geschichtswissenschaft im 18. Jahrhundert, co-editor, G"ttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 1986.

Visions of Empire: Voyages, Botany, and  Representations of Nature; co-editor; Cambridge University Press, 1996.

The Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, editor: Facts on File, 1996.

Wissenschaft als kulturelle Praxis, co-editor, Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht,
Göttingen. 1999

Republikanische Tugend: Ausbildung eines Schweizer Nationalbewusstseins und Erziehung eines neuen Bürgers, co-editor, Geneva: Slatkine, 2000.

What’s Left of the Enlightenment: A Postmodern Question, co-editor, Stanford University Press, 2001

Vitalizing Nature in the Enlightenment. University of California Press, forthcoming
 

Articles and Chapters in Books:

"History and Hermeneutics in the Aufklarung: The Thought of Johann Christoph Gatterer," The Journal of Modern History 45 (1973).

"Philology, Culture and Politics in Early Nineteenth Century Germany," Supplement to Romance Philology, XXX, 2 (l976).

"Barthold Georg Niebuhr and the Enlightenment Tradition," German Studies Review 3 (1980).

"Johann Christoph Gatterer," Deutsche Historiker VI, ed. Hans-Ulrich Wehler, Vandenhoek and Ruprecht (1980).

"Latent Political Implications in the Thought of Lessing, Kant, and Wilhelm von Humboldt," Humanitat und Dialog: Lessing und Mendelssohn in Neuer Sicht, eds. E.Bahr, E. Harris, L. Lyon, Wayne State University Press (1982).
 
"Ludwig Timotheus Spittler," Deutsche Historiker, ed. Hans-Ulrich Wehler, Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht (1983).

"Die Geschichtswissenschaft um die Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts," in Wissenschaften in Zeitalter der Aufklarung, ed. Rudolf Vierhaus, Guttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (1985).

"Bildung, Urtyp and Polarity: Goethe and Eighteenth-Century Physiology," Goethe Yearbook, Vol. 3 (1986).

"Narration and Structure in Late Eighteenth-Century Historical Thought," History and Theory, vol. XXV, (1986). Reprinted in modified form in History of Historiography, vol 10 (1986).

"Science and the Science of History in the Spataufklarung," in Aufklarung und Geschichte: Studien zur deutschen Geschichtswissenschaft im 18. Jahrhundert.

"Johann Christoph Gatterer," in Great Historians from Antiquity to 1800: An International Dictionary. Greenwood Press, 1989.

"History and the Life Sciences at the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century: Wilhelm von Humboldt and Leopold von Ranke," in: The Shape of History: Leopold von Ranke and the Discipline of History. Editors James Powell and Georg Iggers, Syracuse University Press, 1990.

"Das Problem des Allgemeinen und des Besonderen in Geschichtlichen Denken und in den historiographischen Darstellungen des Spaten l8. Jahrhunderts in Theorie der Geschichte, Vol. 6, ed. Winfrid Schulze. Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 1990, 28.

"Anti-Mechanism, Vitalism and their Political Implications in Late Englightened Scientific Thought," Francia, l990.

"Die Naturwissenschaften und die Geschichtswissenschaft in der Sp„taufkl„rung: das Prozess der Verwissenschaftlichung der Geschichte"  in Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the German Democratic Republic. ed. H. Kattler, Berlin, 1991.

"The History of Science, the Enlightenment and the History of `Historical' Science in Germany," in: Geschichtswissenschaft vor 2000: Festschrift fur Georg Iggers, eds. Konrad Jarausch and Jurn Rosen. Hagen, 1991.

"Buffon and Historical Thought in Germany and Great Britain."  Buffon 88: Actes du Colloque International Paris- Montbard-Dijon  ed. Jean Gayon. Paris: Vrin, 1992.

"Between Mechanism and Hermeticism: Nature and Science in the Late Enlightenment" in: Frohe Neuzeit-Frohe Moderne Forschungen zur Vielschichtigkeit von Uebergangsprozessen ed. Rudolf Vierhaus. Guttingen: Vandenheock and Ruprecht, 1992.

"Die Historisierung von Natur und Mensch. Der Zusammenhang von Naturwissenschaften und Historischen Denken im Entsehungsprozess der modernen Naturwissenschaften" in: Geschichtsdiskurs: Anfange modernen historischen Denkens. eds. J Rosen, W. Kottler, E. Schulin . Frankfurt: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 1994.

"Science and the Construction of the Cultural Sciences in Late Enlightenment Germany: The Case of Wilhelm von Humboldt," History and Theory; 33 (October 1994).

"Anthropology, Nature and History in the Late Enlightenment: The Case of Friedrich Schiller:" in: Schiller als Historiker. ed. Otto Dann.  1995.

"Herder's Historical Practice and the Discourse of Late Enlightenment Science," in: Johann Gottfried Herder: Academic Disciplines and the Pursuit of Knowledge, ed. Wolf Koepke. Camden House, 1996.

"Aufklarung und Historismus: Bruch oder Kontinuitat?" Historismus in den Kulturwissenschaften. eds. Otto G. Oexle and Jurn Rosen. Cologne: Buhlau, 1996.

"The Construction of the Social Sciences in Late 18th and Early 19th Century Germany:" in The Rise of the Social Sciences, eds. J. Heilbron, B. Wittock, L. Magnussen. Published by Kluwer Academic Publishers in the series: Sociology of the Sciences: An International Yearbook (1997)

“Vitalizing Nature and Naturalizing the Humanities in the Late Eighteenth Century.” In: Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, vol. 28, 1999.

“Death, Dying and Resurrection in Enlightenment Science and Culture,” in: Wissenschaft als kulturelle Praxis, 1750-1900, Göttingen, Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht 2000.

“Religion, Theology, and the Hermetic Imagination in the Late German Enlightenment: The Case of Johann Salomo Semler.” In: Antike Wesiheit und kulturelle Praxis: Hermetismus in der Frühen Neuzeit. Vandeheock and Ruprecht, 2001.

“Entre el positivismo y la romantic Naturphilosophie: Alexander von Humboldt y la ilustracion,” Istor , 12 (2003), 53-71.

“The Legacy of the ‘Scientific Revolution’: Science and the Enlightenment. In: The Cambridge History of Science, vol. 4: Eighteenth-Century Science, ed. Roy Porter, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Review Articles and Comments:

"Enlightenment and the Genesis of Romanticism," Reviews in European History, 2 (1976).

"Government by Consensus in Frederickian Prussia," Reviews in European History, 1977, 6 pp.

Review Essay: Geschichtsschreibung zwischen Aufklarung und Historismus. History and Theory XXX (1991).

"Conze and the Creation of Modern German Social History: a Comment" in: Paths of Continuity: Central European Histortiography from the 1930's to the 1950's. eds. Hartmut Lehmann and James Van Horn Melton. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993

"Seeing and Understanding: A Comment on the Essays of Martin Kemp, Barbara Stafford and Michael Dettelbach" in Visions of Empire

 

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