Isaak Iselin

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Isaak Iselin

Isaak Iselin (7 March 1728 in Basel – 15 July 1782 in Basel) was a Swiss philosopher of history and politics.[1]

Iselin studied law and philosophy at the University of Basel and the University of Göttingen. In 1756 he became secretary of the republic of Basel. He was a co-founder of the Helvetic Society, the first national Swiss reform society.[1]


  • Philosophische und Politische Versuche, 1760
  • Ueber die Geschichte der Menschheit, 1764
  • Versuch über die gesellige Ordnung, 1772
  • Träume eines Menschenfreundes, 1776

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  1. ^ a b Zurbuchen, Simone (2006), "Iselin, Isaak", in Haakonssen, Knud, The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy, 2, Cambridge University Press, p. 1186 
  • Béla Kapossy, Iselin contra Rousseau: Sociable Patriotism and the History of Mankind (Basel, Switzerland: Schwabe, 2006) (Schwabe Philosophica, 9).
  • Andreas Urs Sommer, Geschichte als Trost. Isaak Iselins Geschichtsphilosophie (Basel: Schwabe, 2002) (= Schwabe Horizonte) (ISBN 3-7965-1940-7).
  • Lucas Marco Gisi / Wolfgang Rother (ed.), Isaak Iselin und die Geschichtsphilosophie der europäischen Aufklärung (Basel: Schwabe, 2011).

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