Mellem enevælde og oplysning - Jens Schelderup Sneedorffs oplysningsprojekt

Ulrich Laursen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This master thesis is a study of the Enlightenment in 18th century Europe and Denmark in particular. The study focuses on sources from that time written by a Danish civil servant and philosopher called Jens Schelderup Sneedorff (1724-1764). Through an analysis of his writings in his theoretical work Om den borgerlige Regiering (1757) and his circular Den patriotiske Tilskuer (1761-1763) the thesis demonstrates a different and broader view as to what public opinion ought to be. In order to accomplish this it is shown how Sneedorff sets up a harmonious way of integrating the generel ideas of Enlightenment within an absolute state. In his circular he constructs a society where every single minion is to be considered equal in rights. By doing so he effectively manages to highlight the peasant's rights to be considered a citizen equal to any nobleman, cleric or merchant. In this point of view where peasants have the right to personal freedom and the right to speak freely, this thesis concludes that Sneedorff's Enlightenment project played an essential part in the shaping of a different view on the public opinion in contrast to what previous research have shown.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato27 mar. 2013