Professor Howard Hotson


My research falls primarily within the field of early modern European intellectual history, with particular attention to central Europe and the international Reformed world c.1550-1660. Thematically, I have written on the histories of science, philosophy, religion, education, and political theory and their relationship to broader social, political, and confessional developments. At the heart of my interests are the gradually expanding reform movements of the post-Reformation period culminating in the pansophism of Comenius, the universal reform programme of Samuel Hartlib, and the audacious philosophical projects of Leibniz. I am currently working on traditions of religious non-conformity in the Holy Roman Empire in the post-Reformation period, pedagogical innovations linking Ramus to Comenius and Leibniz and a book on the intellectual diaspora of the Thirty Years War. I also direct the Oxford-based collaborative research project, 'Cultures of Knowledge: Networking the Republic of Letters, 1550-1750'.

  • A Circle in Search of a Centre: The Heidelberg Pre-History of Hartlib’s Network

  • Cultures of knowledge in transition: Early Modern Letters Online as an experiment in collaboration, 2009-2018

  • Reassembling the Republic of Letters in the Digital Age

  • Catchment Areas and Killing Fields: Towards an Intellectual Geography of the Thirty Years' War

  • Leibniz’s Network

  • Via lucis in tenebras: Comenius as Prophet of the Age of Light

  • Outsiders, Dissenters and Competing Visions of Reform

  • Highways of light to the invisible college: linking data on seventeenth-century intellectual diasporas

  • Reassembling the Republic of Letters – Rekonstruktion der Gelehrtenrepublik, 1500–1800

  • Arianism and Millenarianism: The Link between Two Heresies from Servetus to Socinus

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