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Luther. The Origin of Modern Self-Consciousness: Reiner Schürmann Lecture Notes
by Reiner Schürmann
edited by Michael Heitz and Sabine Schulz
Diaphanes, 2020
eISBN: 978-3-0358-0017-3 | Paper: 978-3-0358-0016-6

If we are to understand the specifically modern function of self-consciousness, we must first look to the origins of the concept. Among the key thinkers who elaborated on self-consciousness was the German monk and theologian Martin Luther. Reiner Schuermann’s writings and lectures on Luther therefore offer an innovative reading of the systematic role of self-consciousness in both premodern and modern cultures.

This volume in a planned twenty-nine-part series, Reiner Schuermann: Luther. The Origin of Modern Self-Consciousness sees Schuermann tracing Luther’s conception of the rise of self-consciousness as the subjective reference point. Schuermann then explores this conception in conversation with both the Cartesian cogito and Kantian apperception.

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