Category: Heinrich Voß

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The father’s hand (2)

In part one, I described the way the mineralogist Weiß constructed the fiction of a collaboration between Immanuel Hermann Fichte and his father over the latter’s dead body. One of the persons who protected Immanuel Hermann Fichte most vigorously against the accusation of plagiarism was his former teacher August Boeckh. In order to foil Weiß’ assumption that Immanuel Hermann Fichte’s not explicitely quoting his father was a sure sign that the text had been written by the father himself, Boeckh wrote in his note: “It is very natural for the son to want to avoid giving the impression that he...

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Seldom (maybe never) has it felt such a relief to open hypotheses.org as it is tonight. Weeks of forced blogging abstinence, rushing ahead without looking left and right, with the edition seemingly stuck in its rachitic state. But victory, victory at last! We are moving on! What a relief – I have been obsessed by the single aim to get more text online for months and trying to move mountains to reach that goal – with little success at first. It seems that the fruits of those efforts will finally be harvestable in the days ahead: – the transcriptions of...

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Voß, Boeckh, Rousseau…

… have probably nothing in common except for the cohabitation they are forced to in my schedule of this August: preparing the Voß volume (e.g. the contributions to the conference I organized together with Josefine Kitzbichler and Enrica Fantino in the Summer 2010, enriched with the Voß-Solger-correspondence), preparing the grant proposal for the edition of Boeckh’s Encyklopädie, and writing the long due paper on Communication for the Rousseau encyclopedia about to be edited in Potsdam by Stefanie Stockhorst and Iwan d’Aprile. Communication strategies, one of my favorite refrains, certainly are the smallest common denominator between the three projects. Voß communicates – in...

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Back to school

With school starting on August 6th, the University buildings are deserted but for those who have kids in school age like I do. You can even recognized the bikes, not only because they are parked from 8:20 on, but also because they have old child seats on them that are discoloured by their exposure to sun and rain during the pre-school era. Real work has begun again, but in a somewhat soft atmosphere. I spent the major part of my vacation working on a letter edition that is aimed at being printed only. I am back to the analog world! ...