As of January 2014 the Lichtenberg-Kolleg will have four new research groups.

The topics are:

– The Nature of Man in the European and Atlantic Enlightenment(s)

– The Ethics of Living: Questions of Justice, Poverty, Life and Death in the Human and Natural sciences

– Religious Toleration in the Modern World: Theory and Practice (jointly hosted with the Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel

– Anne Frank Diaries: a new critical and historical edition and research project (jointly hosted with the Fritz Bauer Institute, Frankfurt)


New Fellows and Research Topics

Catherine Ballériaux (Enlightenment Group)

“What reason teaches me”: Missions on the New World Frontier, c. 1680-1760

Franziska Dübgen (Ethics Group)

Social Justice, Retribution and the Right to Punish

Meelis Friedenthal (Religious Toleration Group)

Reception of new philosophical ideas in university disputations (especially regarding religious tolerance and libertas philosophandi)

 Martin Gierl (Enlightenment Group)

The production of knowledge as an event

Mark Hutchinson (Religious Toleration Group)

God’s Grace and the State — Toleration in Ireland and England, c. 1558-1625

 Mohamed Lachhab (Ethics Group)

Debating Justice in Critical Theory from Horkheimer to Rainer Forst

 Avi Lifschitz (Enlightenment Group)

 Haim Mahlev (Religious Toleration Group)

Theologia Naturalis Hebraeorum? Models of Rational religion in the German Enlightment

Ioana Manea (Religious Toleration Group)

Ethics and Nature in Early Modern Europe (1639-1641)

Sheela Saravanan (Ethics Group)

Individual desires/expectations about children in Germany and India in the context of prenatal genetic diagnosis and selective abortions

Mark Schweda (Ethics Group)

Empirically informed ethics of aging in the horizon of modern medicine

Maria Semi (Enlightenment Group)

Human nature seen through the lenses of arts during the Enlightenment

Andrea Speltz (Enlightenment Group)

“Une symétrie passagère”: Exploring the Interstices of Mathematics, Literature, and Philosophy in the European Enlightenment

Tim Stanton (Religious Toleration Group)

European debates about toleration in the early modern era

Steven Tester (Enlightenment Group)

The Metaphysical Grounds of the Self in Kant’s Paralogisms of Pure Reason

 Mirjam van Veen (Religious Toleration Group)

The Radical Reformation and Toleration

Gerben Zaagsma (Anne Frank Group)

Wartime Yiddish diaries