The Hungarian and German authors of this book have examined
the processes that took place in 18th century philosophy, aesthetics
and other fields of study – especially physical anthropology. These
processes led to a significant reevaluation of man’s place and role
in the living world and history, as had been understood in previous
periods. The term, the ‘image of man’, given in the title of the
volume refers to both the beginnings of philosophical anthropology
and physical anthropology, principally those that became objectified
in arguments concerning race. The examination focuses on the
reciprocal influences on the changes in the images of man from the
interval between the late Enlightenment to the Romantic period.
In part those moments when philosophy exerted an effect on the
empirical base of the parameters of the evolving disciplines of study,
that is to say, it influenced the methodology of observation and documentation;
and in part those processes through which the results
of certain fields of study served as argumentational backdrop for the
interpretations of philosophy. Most of the studies comprising the
four thematic units focus on continental Europe, and more specifically
German phenomena, and their reception in Central Europe,
primarily the Kingdom of Hungary.
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