Enlightened Catholicism for children: Teaching religion to children in the Habsburg Empire at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries

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Abstract

During Joseph II’s reign a deep cultural shift took place in a relevant part of the intellectual and religious establishment, with the acceptance of philosophical and pedagogical ideas that bore an Enlightened and a Protestant stamp. So at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries a new way to teach religion was introduced, debated and contested in Habsburg catholic territories. Rousseau and Salzmann’s theories were discussed; rationalism and faith, natural religion and revelation were confronted. In the end more attention was devoted to child psychology and language. The cultural fracture of Josephinism became less severe: orthodoxy was restored, but new pedagogical ideas actually entered the didactics of religion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulture and Education.Abstract Book.ISCHE 37. Istanbul 2015
Pages186-188
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventInternational Standing Conference for the History ofEducation. Culture and Education. ISCHE 37. Istanbul June 24–27 2015 - Istanbul
Duration: 24 Jun 201527 Jun 2015

Conference

ConferenceInternational Standing Conference for the History ofEducation. Culture and Education. ISCHE 37. Istanbul June 24–27 2015
CityIstanbul
Period24/6/1527/6/15

Keywords

  • Enlightenment and education
  • Habsburgic Empire
  • history of education
  • history of religion

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