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1. Europe

1.1. Structures and developments

Early modern philosophy can be dated approximately to the period between 1450 and 1850, though the first intimations of a new philosophical spirit were already apparent in the 14th century and many early modern theories still enjoy wide acceptance today. Even so, the early modern period does in retrospect form a philosophical whole to some extent. This was the period in which philosophy increasingly emancipated itself from the sway of theology. It acquired a new function or status in …

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Schneiders, Werner and Hartung, Jan-Peter, “Philosophy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025526>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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