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Jonathan Blake Fine

Jonathan Blake Fine
Jonathan Blake Fine

Fellow of the Volkswagen Stiftung and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

July 2015 - June 2016

Throwing down the Gauntlet: Intellectual Polemic in the Public Eye of Late Enlightenment Germany

Jonathan Blake Fine received his Ph.D. in German from the University of California, Irvine, where he wrote his dissertation on the culture of public debate in the German Enlightenment. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in comparative literature from New York University. He has taught at Gettysburg College and is particularly interested in intellectual history and the literature of the Goethezeit. His current project investigates the development and eventual downfall of a culture of public philosophical debate at the end of the German Enlightenment. Links to his publications and examples of his research can be found at his website

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