„Christianopolis“ als Utopie der Bildung, Erziehung und Wissenschaft nach Johann Valentin Andreae (1586-1654)
Keywords:Christianopolis, State Christen City, societal utopia, utopia of education, education and science
Education and sciences, that are accessible to all, is the focus of several complex and remarkable utopian visions from the 17th century. Particularly the life and work of Johann Valentin Andreae (1586-1654) shows the relation between the critique of social conditions and the idea of a better society. As many others at that time he favours a type of state marked as enlightened governance. However, his detailed description of the state “Christianopolis” from 1619, in which he addresses primarily the role of science and education in a society, shows significantly more independent concepts and implications. In his comprehensive explanation he specifies that science and education have certain responsibilities and importance for a better society. Those thoughts are meaningful and considerable both for philosophical and historical reflections of science and the vantage point of the present and shall therefore be the main focus of this article.