Grace, Talent, and Merit: Poor Students, Clerical Careers, and Professional Ideology in Eighteenth-Century Germany / Edition 1

Grace, Talent, and Merit: Poor Students, Clerical Careers, and Professional Ideology in Eighteenth-Century Germany / Edition 1

by Anthony J. La Vopa
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521525144

ISBN-13: 9780521525145

Pub. Date: 06/27/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book focuses on "poor students", young men in eighteenth-century Germany who owed their studies to charity, who formed a substantial minority within the theology faculties, and who entered careers in the clergy, the academic schools, and the universities. Professor La Vopa shows how a cluster of familiar eighteenth-century ideas about grace, talent, and merit…  See more details below

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This book focuses on "poor students", young men in eighteenth-century Germany who owed their studies to charity, who formed a substantial minority within the theology faculties, and who entered careers in the clergy, the academic schools, and the universities. Professor La Vopa shows how a cluster of familiar eighteenth-century ideas about grace, talent, and merit shaped a formative social experience central to the lives of many celebrated intellectuals as well as many of the elite.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521525145
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/27/2002
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I. Poor Students: 1. Realities and stereotypes; 2. Initiations; 3. The patronage chain: structure and ideology; 4. The Hofmeister; Part II. Calling, Vocation, and Service: 5. The calling: August Hermann Francke and Halle Pietism; 6. Vocation: the natural self and the ethic of reason; 7. Meritocracy: language and ideology; 8. The egalitarian alternative: theory and practice; Part III. New Departures: 9. Orthodoxies and new idioms; 10. Professional ideologies: the making of a teaching corps; 11. The clerical identity; 12. Radical visions: Johann Gottlieb Fichte; Epilogue; Bibliographical notes; Index.

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