Dr Avi Lifschitz
Lecturer in European History
Office: 114, 26 Gordon Square
External phone: 020 7679 2075
2012/13: Research Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
My broad area of interest is the intellectual history of Europe in the long eighteenth century (c. 1680-1830). I am particularly interested in discussions of human nature, language, and mind - the topic of my new book (see below). My ongoing research deals with the links between Enlightenment anthropology, theology, and political theory.
Another significant aspect of my research concerns translation and cross-cultural transfer, especially between France and different German states. I am also interested in the history of universities, royal academies, and exiled intellectuals in the eighteenth century.
My courses include the full-year survey ‘Enlightenment and Revolution’ and more specialised BA and MA options on eighteenth-century anthropology and early modern theories of language.
Areas of Research Supervision:
Eighteenth-century intellectual and cultural history, especially in Germany and France; the Enlightenment; language and translation; history of academies and universities.
- Language and Enlightenment: The Berlin Debates of the Eighteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2012)
- Epicurus in the Enlightenment, co-edited with Neven Leddy (Voltaire Foundation, 2009)
- 'The Arbitrariness of the Linguistic Sign: Variations on an Enlightenment Theme', Journal of the History of Ideas 73.4 (2012), 537-557
- 'Language as a Means and an Obstacle to Freedom: The Case of Moses Mendelssohn', in Freedom and the Construction of Europe, eds. Quentin Skinner and Martin van Gelderen (Cambridge University Press, 2013), vol. 2, 84-102
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