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Perfectibility
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[German Version]

Beginning in the 17th century, the early modern notion of progress took on a dynamic that increasingly permeated ethical, religious, and political theory, making the idea of perfectibility a fundamental thought form of the era. In France the word perfectibilité quickly came into use after 1750 and became a guiding principle of the French Revolution. Borrowed into German in the mid-18th century, the concept of anthropological, ethical, and religious perfectibility, extended around 1800 to cultural (Christianity, science) and corporati…

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Beutel, Albrecht, “Perfectibility”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024450>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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