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Published in Monatshefte 85:2 (Summer 1993), pp. 227-228. Copyright 1993 by The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. Used by permission. Journal home page:


This volume makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the education Schelling and his contemporaries received at the Tübingen Stift in the last decades of the eighteenth century. The book consists of three parts: first Jacobs's discussion of the academic setting of the Stift, and then two sections of previously unpublished texts-a selection of eight Specimina (masters' essays) written between 1785 and 1795 by some of the lesser lights at the St$, followed by a list of the titles of all dissertations and Speciminawritten at the Stift during the same time period. While earlier studies have pointed to the importance of the young Repetenten in mediating Kantian and revolutionary ideas to the Stiftler, Jacobs goes a step further by looking at the professors at the Stift. Common opinion has held that these men espoused conservative theological views that served to hinder rather than stimulate the intellectual development of the Stift's most illustrious graduates of the late eighteenth century, Hegel, Holderlin, and Schelling. Jacobs suggests that this view corresponds to "einer längst überholten Genievorstellung" (10) and turns to archival materials to formulate a more historically accurate picture of the education at the Stift.