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Author Archives: Frank Ejby Poulsen, Ph.D.
Together with my colleague Sanne Maekelberg from the Centre for Privacy Studies, we will present our research on the Devonshire library curated by Thomas Hobbes. It is the story of an architectural room and the increasing social nature of books. … Continue reading
On 29 May 2022, I was invited to give a lecture on my article in Early Modern French Studies, ‘Transcending the Public and the Private: The Cosmopolitanism of Freemason Joseph Honoré Rémy’. I am very thankful to the organisers at … Continue reading
Published in 1770, Le cosmopolisme by Joseph Honoré Rémy is the first pamphlet in French to elaborate upon a political philosophy of cosmopolitanism. I first present a biography of Rémy with original elements concerning his membership of the Freemasonic Lodge of the … Continue reading
For January-March 2022 I am a research fellow at the Herzog August Bibliothek. Read about my project on Hermann Conring here: https://www.hab.de/stipendiat-frank-ejby-poulsen/
Press Release 10 years of Open Access Books at De Gruyter – 10 Winning Titles! Winning titles of De Gruyter’s Open Access Book Anniversary competition announced Berlin, 27 September 2021 In late 2020, De Gruyter celebrated its 10th open access book … Continue reading
You can here read my post on Hermann Conring’s conception of the private when commenting upon his translation into Latin of Machiavelli’s The Prince. Conceptions of the Private in Hermann Conring’s “Observations” on Machiavelli’s The Prince https://privacy.hypotheses.org/1476
I wrote a new blog post where I argue that privacy studies and knowledge studies are fundamental new fields for consolidating 21st-century democracies.
Read my blog post on Arendt’s views on privacy here.
Private academic debates and public knowledge: Hermann Conring’s analysis of the Holy Roman Empire at the University of Helmstedt
I wrote a post on Hermann Conring based on Constantin Fasolt’s research to form the basis of my research project on the issue of privacy in academic debates in 17th-century Germany.
Check my work in progress on privacy in eighteenth-century Glasgow. I focus on Francis Hutcheson’s teaching of moral philosophy.
Check my New post about methodology for studying privacy in history on the Centre for Privacy’s blog.
Check Centre for Privacy Studies new blog about its research on privacy 1500-1800. Centre for Privacy Studies is a centre of excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation at the University of Copenhagen.
Presentating my paper on Le Barbier’s Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, 18 July 2019 ISECS, Edinburgh
The Universal Claims of Cosmopolitanism NYUAD Institute March 24, 2010
Global Intellectual History. Published online 30 May 2018, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23801883.2018.1479976 https://doi.org/10.1080/23801883.2018.1479976. ABSTRACT This article analyses what Anacharsis Cloots (1755–1794) meant when he chose the name Anacharsis and called himself ‘Orator of the human race’. It argues that it was an act of … Continue reading
The Education of Anacharsis Cloots (1755–1794) at the Berlin Académie militaire des nobles (1770–1773)
History of European Ideas. Published online 12 June 2018, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01916599.2018.1477615 https://doi.org/10.1080/01916599.2018.1477615. ABSTRACT This article examines the education that Anacharsis Cloots (1755–1794) received during his stay at the Berlin Académie des nobles (1770–1773). Cloots wrote at several occasions about his education there, notably … Continue reading
My PhD thesis from the European University Institute is available on the Open Access Repository Cadmus: A Cosmopolitan Republican in the French Revolution: The Political Thought of Anacharsis Cloots
Featuring discussions of cosmopolitanism and deliberative democracy; Raymond Williams’s model of dominant, residual, and emergent cultures; Puritanism and Jeffersonianism; the horizon of expectations and the aesthetics of reception; canonization; ideology; and American Exceptionalism.
I wrote a seminar paper at the European University Institute for the seminar “Nationalism in Theory and Practice” with Profs. Rainer Bauböck and Michael Keating. Since it received an excellent review I publish it here. You can find it on … Continue reading
Comme le temps court ! Tenez, ce banc ! Il a l’air immobile… eh bien, pas du tout, il charge ! Il court à bride abattue ! Il fonce… vers où… vers quoi ?… Quel but ? Quel sens ? Witold Gombrowicz, Opérette. Que s’est-il passé en … Continue reading
Now that I have started to acquire some degree of mastership in several languages, I am beginning to wonder about the side-effects of being a polyglot. Googling the term “polyglot” I came to the wikipedia page dedicated to multilingualism. According … Continue reading
Peter Wessel wrote an excellent essay on jazz, a tad historical and analytical, of the mingling, or lack thereof, and intermingling of cultures and traditions. If music is already considered to be the most universal mode of communication, then jazz … Continue reading
Great article in Eurozine published in 2006 by Mikkel Thorup, lecturer at the University of Århus in Denmark, on political cosmopolitanism. It explains well where contemporary cosmopolitanism stands, in between universalism, pluralism, and nationalism: “New cosmopolitanism is therefore critical of … Continue reading
Thank you Peter for commenting on “Polyfonias” and delving into literary analyses. I would like to add to your comment on monolingualism. It seems that today we have forgotten our past when it comes to language. Our past was Babelian … Continue reading
research-proposal2 Here is the research proposal I have elaborated for a 3 years PhD research. All comments and feedback are more than welcomed to refine the project.
My master’s thesis “Element of an Archaeology of Cosmopolitanism in Western Political Thought: A Return to the French Enlightenment” is now available for download on the Danish website of the Department of Political Science, Centre for European Politics, University of … Continue reading
Work Cited Beck, Ulrich. The Cosmopolitan Vision. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2006. Summary of the Introduction The introduction opens with the opposition cosmopolitanism/patriotism. Today this old debate is over because the human condition has become cosmopolitan (2) Cosmopolitanism is no more … Continue reading
Work Cited Held, David. “Culture and Political Community: National, Global, and Cosmopolitan.” In Conceiving Cosmopolitanism: Theory, Context, Practice, edited by Steven Vertovec and Robin Cohen, 48-58. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. 1. Historical backdrop The globalisation of culture has a … Continue reading
Work Cited Copp, David. “International justice and the basic needs principle.” In The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism, edited by Gillian Brock and Harry Brighouse, 39-54. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. “Justice requires a state in favourable circumstances to enable its … Continue reading
The book is like a diamond sparkling many facettes. I retain the opposition between patriotism and cosmopolitanism – an opposition also noticed by Martha Nussbaum in her article “Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism” published in the Boston Review, 1994. “I am willing,” … Continue reading
Benhabib, Seyla (2002), The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Global integration is progressing parallel to social disintegration (separatisms, international terrorism, national revival). “Yet wether [sic] we call the current movements … Continue reading
Rosenfeld, Sofia — Citizens of Nowhere in Particular: Cosmopolitanism, Writing and Political Engagement in Eighteenth-Century Europe
Work Cited Rosenfeld, Sophia. “Citizens of Noweher in Particular: Cosmopolitanism, Writing and Political Engagement in Eighteenth-Century Europe.” National Identities 4, no. 1 (2002): 25-43. Contention of the essay: the development of the conceptual space of political engagement among private subjects … Continue reading
Mortier, R. (2000). Le rêve universaliste de l’”Orateur du Genre humain”. In R. Mortier, Les Combats des Lumières (pp. 385-394). Paris: Aux amateurs de livres international. The Universalist idea was not something new or invented in the eighteenth century. However, … Continue reading
Work Cited Fink, Gonthier Louis (1997) “Cosmopolitisme.” In Dictionnaire européen des lumières, edited by Michel Delon, 277-279. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France. « Le XVIIIe siècle est le siècle du cosmopolitisme » (L. Réau). (277) « En 1690, le Dictionnaire universel … Continue reading
Introduction: cosmopolitanism, narrative, history Cosmopolitan history: “‘Cosmopolitanism’ is no longer a term much favoured by intellectual historians: as an idea, it seems to lack intellectual content; as a category of political thought, it has no referent. [footnote: “the last investigation … Continue reading