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Erik Gustaf Geijer

The bio below comes from a published article and may now be dated.

Erik Gustaf Geijer

Erik Gustaf Geijer (1783–1847) was an eminent figure in Sweden, a celebrated poet, a musician and composer, a moral­ist, an historian, a political philosopher, a public intellectual, and a Member of Parliament. He was professor at Uppsala University and its Chancellor. His work and thinking have defied classification, as he straddled, shifted between, or, arguably, integrated, enlightenment and romantic tendencies, nationalistic and liberal, scientific and poetic. Works in English translation by Peter C. Hogg are available in Freedom in Sweden: Selected Works of Erik Gustaf Geijer, edited by Björn Hasselgren (Stockholm: Timbro, 2017), which also contains an essay by Lars Magnusson on Geijer’s life, works, and influence. In discussing influences on Geijer and the formation of his outlook, Magnusson brings to light British currents and especially Scottish moral philosophers and historians.