Open Lectures on Freemasonry

What is Open Lectures on Freemasonry?

In this era where the printed and manuscript word becomes ever more available through digital technology, new wider panoramas for the curious can open. OpenLFM, through its online lecture series on Freemasonry given by prominent scholars, will aim to demonstrate a range of new perspectives for academics, Freemasons or simply the curious.

Lectures are audible, within technical limits, to those who are interested in the topic to be presented. Participation requires prior registration. Registration is free of charge. Registered users will be invited to OpenLFM Googlegroups and will be informed about forthcoming activities. OpenLFM beholds the right to reject any registration with no further explanation.

Next Lecture

Transcending the Public and the Private: The Cosmopolitanism of Freemason Joseph Honoré Rémy

Frank Ejby Poulsen

May 29, 2022 6 PM GMT

Published in 1770, Le cosmopolisme by Joseph Honoré Rémy is the first pamphlet in French to elaborate upon a political philosophy of cosmopolitanism. I first present a biography of Rémy with original elements concerning his membership of the Freemasonic Lodge of the Nine Sisters. This article analyses his pamphlet and argues that his cosmopolitanism is a way of transcending the public and the private. Such transcendence is, I argue, achieved in two ways: first, through the authorial function of writing as a ‘cosmopolite’ and second, through an understanding of cosmopolitanism as a human fraternity inspiring private and public virtues in republican monarchies.



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Frank Ejby Poulsen, is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Intellectual History at the Centre for Privacy Studies (PRIVACY), University of Copenhagen. He has won scholarships to hold research fellowships at the Danish Academy in Rome, the Enlightenment Research Centre at the University of Halle (IZEA), and the University of California at Berkeley. His research at PRIVACY focuses on notions of privacy in early modern political thought, notably through the labelling of some topics as ‘private’ or ‘public’ and the practice of producing knowledge from private circles to the republic of letters. His forthcoming monograph, Cosmopolitan Republicanism in the French Revolution: The Political Thought of Anacharsis Cloots and Thomas Paine, won De Gruyter’s 10th Anniversary Open Access Book Competition.



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Frank Ejby Poulsen