Anna Grzeskowiak-Krwawicz and Bo Lindberg: "The Concepts of 'Liberty' in the Enlightenment"

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Engelska parken - Eng6-0022
  • Organiser: Uppsala Interdisciplinary 18th Century Seminar and Professor Maria Zadencka, Stockholms University
  • Contact person: Ann Öhrberg
  • Seminarium

Uppsala Interdisciplinary 18th Century Seminar in co-operation with Professor Maria Zadencka, Stockholms University

Professor Anna Grzeskowiak-Krwawicz, The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Director of the Department of Enlightenment Literature, and Professor Em. Bo Lindberg, University of Gothenburg: "The Concept of 'Liberty' in the Enlightenment"

nna Grzeskowiak-Krwawicz: ”Freedom in Polish political discourse in the 18th century – enlightened idea or old-time heritage”. The concept of liberty was one of the most important focal points, if not the centrepiece, of Polish political discussions in the 18th century. However, it was by no means a new idea. Its origins can be sought in writings dating as far back as the 15th century, and in the 16th and 17th century, freedom was the main contended issue of political disputes in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The lecture tries to answer questions about what was the so called “golden liberty” and what changes (if any) had taken place in Polish visions of freedom under the influence of the enlightened theories of state.

Bo Lindberg: ”Freedom in 18th century Sweden”. We have recently finished the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the freedom of the press in Sweden, so I think we are through with that for the time being. There are other aspects of freedom in the decades named the Era of Freedom: constitutional, national, economic, academic and religious. I will comment on some of them and on the concept of freedom itself.