I use Humboldt’s life and friendships to set up a summary of his contribution to liberal political thought,
Topics covered include
Relations with Goethe and Schiller, Mme de Stäel and Benjamin Constant
War, Character, and Struggle with Nature
Negative and Positive Welfare
Liberty and threats to liberty in the ancient and modern world.
The value of freely chosen relations between individuals, the beauty of the society that grows out of this.
Contributions to linguistics
Classicism and Classical Scholarship
Influence on Mill