Émilie du Châtelet (1706–1749) was a central figure of the European Enlightenment who has, unfortunately and undeservedly, dwelled too long in the shadows of others.
The Du Châtelet-Project at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists aims to publish critical editions, translations and studies focusing on Émilie Du Châtelet in context of the philosophical, scientific, theological and political debates of the European Enlightenment.
Currently, the focal area of research is the reception of Émilie Du Châtelet in the context of German thinkers from Christian Wolff and the Gottsched-Circle to Immanuel Kant. A new historical-critical edition and digitization of the German translation of Du Châtelet’s Institutions Physiques (1742), Der Frau Marquisinn von Chastellet Naturlehre an ihren Sohn (1743) is being prepared.
Project Director: Prof. Dr. Ruth Hagengruber, Paderborn University
Research Associate: Dr. Andrea Reichenberger, Paderborn University