Matthias Roick (Göttingen)

What was the meaning of ethics in early modern culture, what was its place in society? How to write a history of ethics? How to reconnect past and present, and how to combine biological, psychological and cultural perspectives on ethics?

The five-year research project The Ways of Virtue, generously founded by the VolkswagenStiftung’s Freigeist programme and based at the University of Göttingen, tries to answer these questions by looking at the Ethica section in Wolfenbüttel. Once part of the book collection of Duke August the Younger of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1579-1666), the section is preserved in today’s Herzog August Bibliothek. It offers us a ‘window’ onto the varied landscape of early modern ethics and the wealth of literature on ethics: philosophical treatises, poetry, novels, plays, emblem books, proverbs, conduct books.

The works in the Ethica section reflect the interest of Duke August and his contemporaries in questions of a moral ‘formation’ and in the notion of virtue, one of the central concepts of early modern ethics and culture. It provides us with ample materials to examine the ways in which the concept of virtue marked early modern arguments, attitudes, and mentalities, and how it was challenged by the changes in the political and intellectual climate of the seventeenth century.

Since 2015, the Herzog August Bibliothek has been generously hosting researchers invited by Dr. Matthias Roick, the project’s principal investigator. Together, the library and Dr. Roick offer early-career as well as senior guests the possibility to investigate and discuss the riches of one of Europe’s most important research libraries.

 

Guests

Dr. Stefano Gulizia
(Mailand)
The Ethics of Natural Knowledge: The European Reception of Aristotelian Meteorology, 1450-1650 15.11.-12.12.2017

Prof. Dr. Albrecht Classen (Tucson)

Geschichte der Toleranz, 16.-18. Jahrhundert

06.07.-11.07.2017

Massimiliano Traversino (London)

Law and Ethics in the Early Modern Reception of Dante Alighieri's Monarchia

22.04.-29.04.2017

Laura Refe (Venedig)

Petrarca and the Role of Marginalia in the History of Ethics

18.04.-28.04.2017

Prof. Dr. Ruben Apressyan (Moskau)

The Appearance of a Philosophical Concept of Morality in Modern Moral Philosophy

05.11.-12.11.2016

Dr. Olga Artemieva
(Moskau)

The Transformation of the Concept of Virtue in Eighteenth-Century British Moral Philosophy

05.11.-12.11.2016

Dr. Andrey Prokofev
(Moskau)

The Self-Regarding Content of Morality in Modern Moral Philosophy

05.11.-12.11.2016

Dr. Christoph Haar
(Nürnberg)

Ethical and Political Oeconomica in Early Modern Discussions

01.11.-10.11.2016

Prof. Dr. Katja Triplett
(Göttingen)

Japanische Jesuitendrucke

19.09.2016

Dr. Tommaso de Robertis
(Arezzo)

Prudentia and fortuna as Key Concepts of Early Modern Ethics

16.09.-28.09.2016

Dr. Sara Ferrilli
(Pisa)

Morality and Manuscripts. The Corvinae and Beyond

27.06.-09.07.2016

Prof. Dr. Danilo Facca
(Warschau)

Early Modern Universities and the Teaching of Ethics

18.06.-25.06.2016

Dr. Valentina Lepri
(Warschau)

Early Modern Academies and Ethics. The Case of Zamosc

18.06.-25.06.2016

Dr. Enrica Zanin
(Straßburg)

In the Footsteps of Boccaccio. Novellas, Narrative Literature and Ethics in Early Modernity

15.02.-21.02.2016

Dr. Marìa Diez Yañez
(Münster/Madrid)

The Aristotelian Ethics and Early Modern Spanish Literature

02.12.-12.12.2015

PD Dr. Frauke Kurbacher
(Berlin)

Zu einer Philosophie der Haltung. Frühneuzeitliche Perspektiven

15.08.-26.08.2015

Dr. Valérie Cordonier
(Paris/Fribourg)

The Liber de Bona Fortuna in the History of Ethics

05.05.-15.05.2015