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Hamann, Johann Georg
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(Aug 27, 1730, Krolewiec [Ger. Königsberg], Poland – Jun 21, 1788, Münster) was a journalist and author who confronted the Enlightenment's self-conception with astute provocations. Stemming from the environment of a Pietism reconciled with the Enlightenment, Hamann underwent a decisive turn in his life during a personal crisis in London in 1758 in the context of intensive reading of the Bible. Without academic office, working briefly as editor for the Königsbergsche Gelehrte und Politische Zeitungen, then as translator, and finally as administrator of a…

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Moustakas, Ulrich, “Hamann, Johann Georg”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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