The Nature of Man

Workshop: „The Nature of Man: Norms and Deviations in the 18th Century”

Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

12th to 14th November 2014


Note: The keynote lectures are public events and no registration is necessary. If you would like to attend the workshop please contact:




Wednesday, 12th November 2014

18:15 – 19:45 Opening Keynote

Nicholas Phillipson (Edinburgh)

The Science of Man: Perspectives, Possibilities and Problems

Introduction and Chair: Martin van Gelderen (Lichtenberg-Kolleg)


Thursday, 13th November 2014

09:30 – 11:00 Carl Niekerk (University of Illinois / University of Ghent)

Buffon, Blumenbach, Lichtenberg, and the Origins of Modern Anthropology

Introduction and Chair: Andrea Speltz (Lichtenberg-Kolleg)


11:00 – 11:30 Break


11:30 – 13:00 Silvia Sebastiani (EHESS, Paris):

Boundaries of Human Nature: the Slave, the Savage and the Orangutan in 1770s Britain

Introduction and Chair: Catherine Ballériaux (Lichtenberg-Kolleg)


13:00 – 14:30 Lunch


14:30 – 16:00 Avi lifschitz (UCL / Lichtenberg-Kolleg):

On Incomplete or Imperfect Human Beings: Between Enlightenment Anthropology and Political Theory

Introduction and Chair: Dominik Hünniger (Lichtenberg-Kolleg)


16:00 – 16:30 Break


16:30 – 18:00 Sabine Arnaud (MPI for the History of Science, Berlin):

Between Human Rights and Civil Rights: The Deaf Citizen in the Wake of the French Revolution

Introduction and Chair: Maria Semi (Lichtenberg-Kolleg)



Friday, 14th November 2014

09:30 – 11:00 Alix Cohen (University of Edinburgh):

On Human Beings and their Aliens in Kant’s Anthropology

Introduction and Chair: Steven Tester (Lichtenberg-Kolleg)


11:00 – 11:30 Break


11:30 – 13:00 Concluding Keynote

Hans Erich Bödeker (Göttingen)

Man, Animal, Monster. Of Enlightenment Anthropology

Introduction and Chair: Martin Gierl (Lichtenberg-Kolleg)