Monday, February 20, 2012

Bretschneiders Bibliothek

This is probably a long shot, but in the spirit of a recent post I thought it was worth asking.  I'm working on a paper that considers Karl Bretschneider's thought on reason and revelation in relation to its Enlightenment precursors.  The other day I ran across Verzeichniss der Bibliothek des Generalsuper. K. G. Bretschneider, which looks to be a catalogue of his personal library in Gotha.  This source would be a great help in determining exactly whom Bretschneider was reading; I'm especially curious to see which (if any) English philosophers he was reading, as he doesn't tend to cite these in his works. 

Unfortunately the volume doesn't seem to be digitized and I can only find it at the University of Tübingen, with a non-circulating status.  I've looked around a bit in some of the Thüringian archives online, but with no luck.  Does anyone know if this volume is available elsewhere, or is digitized somewhere?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A few items...

  • As Princeton Theological Seminary moves into its presidential search, a letter to the selection committee calls for recognition of the evangelical presence at the seminary and consideration of this tradition and its commitment to mission as the "mother of theology." (letter pdf
  • Benjamin Guyer on "+Robinson and an Elizabethan Apocryphon"... I love the historical sobriety that suddenly and unexpectedly gives way to the last line of the penultimate paragraph, "— as if Elizabeth were some sort of proto-1960s hippie-dippie!"  
  • Academic frustration with Elsevier has recently reached the point of broader cultural visibility, with many angry editorials and a petition.   Readers will know that this is not a new topic here, and of course I support its new-found momentum. The episode of Candide meeting Martin strikes me as an appropriate commentary: "He assembled them at his inn and gave them supper on condition that each took an oath to give a faithful account of his life-story; promising in return to choose the one who seemed to him most to be pitied and to have most cause for being discontented with his lot [...] He finally decided in favor of a poor scholar who had worked ten years for the publishing houses of Amsterdam, taking the view that there was no occupation in the world which could more disgust a man."