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Atheism Controversy
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The atheism dispute was one of several religio-philosophical controversies in the early phase of German Idealism – a dispute significant less for the actual issues involved than for its political repercussions. The immediate occasion of the controversy, set at the University of Jena in 1798–1799, was Friedrich Karl Forberg's article “Entwicklung des Begriffs der Religion” [“Development of the concept of religion”], which J.G. Fichte published in the Philosophisches Journal (edited jointly with F.J. Niethammer), flanked by his own article “Über den Grun…

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Hühn, Lore, “Atheism Controversy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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