Emilie Du Châtelet and the German Enlightenment
Editors: Ruth Hagengruber, Hartmut Hecht
This volume introduces the newest research on the physicist, mathematician and philosopher Emilie Du Châtelet (1706-1749). Emilie Du Châtelet enjoyed a high reputation during the German Enlightenment. She combined Leibniz’ metaphysics with Newton’s physics and made astonishing discoveries which led physics on the way to Einstein’s energy equation. Her works were translated into German immediately and Kant referred to her in his first dissertation from 1747. The collection presents texts which discuss the influence of the German Enlightenment on Du Châtelet and Du Châtelet’s influence on German philosophy. The big names of the era can be found here: Leibniz, Wolff, Boskovic, Euler, Friedrich II, Voltaire, La Mettrie and many other great figures of the Enlightenment are examined in their connection with Du Châtelet.