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Laboratory enlightenment

The laboratory enlightenment was found within a specific period in a specific region, that is the local area Halle-Weimar-Jena. Within that area, about 1800, something particular happened: Concepts of enlightenment were developed and transmitted to modern times. From that perspective, one has to understand classic and romanticism as a kind of culmination of European enlightenment, thereby describing romanticisms as a European phenomenon. Here, our ideas of freedom, personality and governance, the concept of science, the idea of rationality and, in particular, the disciplinarily defined rationality originated; It is the Kantian perspective, by which we now look on rationality. It is the Hegelian idea of system and coherence, we test our hypothesis with. It is Baumgarten's aesthetics, and it is the way, Fichte argued about the principle consequences of liberalization in French revolution that came into our discussions about jurisdiction, personal liberty, state and governance. And - that is the part I am going to address in more detail - there that idea of an expert system driven rationality was formed out that we are accustomed to, in between. This form of rationality is derived from the perspective of a special branch of sciences. It originated at the end of the 18th century and has been transferred in its essential methodological characteristics to our time.

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