Ulrich L. Lehner

Ulrich L. Lehner (born 1976 in Straubing, Bavaria, Germany) is the Warren Foundation Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is a trained philosopher, theologian and historian.


After graduating from the Johannes-Turmair-Gymnasium (high school) in Straubing in 1996 he received a B.A. in philosophy from the Munich School of Philosophy and a B.A. in theology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in 1999, and a diploma in theology from the University of Munich in 2003. From 1996 to 2003 he also studied history. In 2006 he received his Ph.D. in theology from the Universität Regensburg with a thesis on the concept of providence of Immanuel Kant and Protestant school philosophy.[1] In 2015 the received the degree of habilitated doctor in history from the Central European University with his award winning book Enlightened Monks;[2][3][4] it was the first ever habilitation awarded at the CEU.[5] From 2006 to 2019 he was professor of historical theology and religious history at Marquette University in Milwaukee.[6]

Since July 2019 he is the William K. Warren Foundation Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.[7][8] His main research areas are religious history of Early Modernity and the Enlightenment as well as intellectual history from the Renaissance to the present. Especially his studies on the Catholic Enlightenment have received international acclaim.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16] Since 2014 a member of the European Academy fo Sciences and Arts.[17][18]

Lehner is member and former Herodotus Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton,[19] was twice Distinguished Fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study,[20] twice research fellow of the Earhart Foundation and senior fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation[21] as well as the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation.

Publications (selected)Edit

  • Historia Magistra. Zur Archivgeschichte des altbayerischen Kollegiatstiftes SS. Jakobus und Tiburtius in Straubing. Nordhausen 2003, ISBN 3-88309-118-9.
  • Kants Vorsehungskonzept auf dem Hintergrund der deutschen Schulphilosophie und -theologie. Leiden 2007, ISBN 90-04-15607-0.
  • Enlightened Monks. The German Benedictines 1740–1803. Oxford 2011, ISBN 0-19-959512-7.
  • Monastic Prisons and Torture Chambers. Crime and Punishment in Central European Monasteries, 1600–1800. Wipf and Stock, 2013, ISBN 978-1625640406.
  • Mönche und Nonnen im Klosterkerker. Ein verdrängtes Kapitel Kirchengeschichte. Kevelaer 2015, ISBN 978-3-8367-1004-6. Completely rewritten and enlarged German edition of Monastic Prisons.
  • On the Road to Vatican II. German Catholic Enlightenment and Reform of the Church. Fortress Press, 2016, ISBN 978-1-5064-0898-9
  • The Catholic Enlightenment. The Forgotten History of a Global Movement. Oxford University Press 2016, ISBN 978-0-19-091228-4.
    • Die katholische Aufklärung. Weltgeschichte einer Reformbewegung. Paderborn 2017, ISBN 3-506-78695-4. German translation.
    • Katalikų Apšvieta. Pamiršta pasaulinio judėjimo istorija. Vox Altera, Vilnius 2018, ISBN 978-6-09808828-1. Lithuanian translation.
  • God is not nice. Ave Maria Press, 2017, ISBN 978-1-59471-748-2.
As editor or coeditor
  • Martin Knutzen-Beweis von der Wahrheit der christlichen Religion (1747). Bautz 2006, ISBN 978-3-88309-335-2.
  • Johann Poiger – Theologie ohne Hexen und Zauberer (1780). Religionsgeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit Bd. 4. Bautz. 2006. ISBN 978-3883093680.
  • Religion nach Kant. Texte aus dem Werk des Kantianers Johann Heinrich Tieftrunk. Religionsgeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit Bd. 3. Bautz, 2007. ISBN 978-3883093949.
  • Die scholastische Theologie im Zeitalter der Gnadenstreitigkeiten I: Neue Texte von Diego Paez (†1582), Diego del Mármol (†1664) und Gregor von Valencia (†1603). Religionsgeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit Bd. 2. Bautz, 2007. ISBN 978-3883093659
  • Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim: Justinus Febronius – De Statu Ecclesiae. Abbreviatus et Emendatus (1777). Religionsgeschichte der frühen Neuzeit Bd. 5. Bautz, 2008. ISBN 978-3883094458
  • Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim: Justinus Febronius – Commentarius in Suam Retractationem. Religionsgeschichte der frühen Neuzeit Bd. 6. Bautz, 2008. ISBN 978-3883094465
  • Beda Mayr-Vertheidigung der katholischen Religion (1789). Brill, 2009, ISBN 978-90-04-17318-7.
  • Klostergericht und -kerker. Der "Criminalprocess der Franciscaner" (1769). Religionsgeschichte der frühen Neuzeit Bd. 14. Nordhausen: Bautz, 2012. ISBN 978-3883097862
  • Paul Simon—The Human Element in the Church of Christ (1936). With an Introduction by Ulrich L. Lehner. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2016. ISBN 978-1498293099.
  • Otto Michael Knab's Fox Fables. Wipf and Stock, 2017, ISBN 978-1-5326-3293-8.
  • Women, Enlightenment and Catholicism. Routledge, 2017, ISBN 978-1138687639.
  • with R. Tacelli: Kontroverse Theologie. Nova et Vetera, 2005, vergriffen.
  • with R. Tacelli: Kant, Lonergan und der christliche Glaube. Bautz, 2005, ISBN 978-3-88309-236-2.
  • with Michael Printy: Brills Companion to the Catholic Enlightenment. Brill, 2010, ISBN 978-90-04-18351-3.
  • with Jeff Burson: Enlightenment and Catholicism in Europe. University of Notre Dame Press, 2014. ISBN 978-0-268-02240-2.
  • with G. Roeber, R. Muller: Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1500–1800. Oxford University Press, 2016, ISBN 978-0-19-993794-3.
  • with R. Tacelli u. a.: Wort und Wahrheit. Fragen der Erkenntnistheorie. Festschrift f. Harald Schöndorf. Kohlhammer Verlag, Stuttgart 2019, ISBN 978-3-17-034986-5.

As series editor


  1. ^ Lehner, Ulrich (2007-02-26). Kants Vorsehungskonzept auf dem Hintergrund der deutschen Schulphilosophie und -theologie. ISBN 9789047419181.
  2. ^ Enlightened Monks: The German Benedictines, 1740–1803. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. 2011-05-19. ISBN 9780199595129.
  3. ^ https://academic.oup.com/jcs/article-abstract/53/4/670/1034208
  4. ^ https://achahistory.org/awards/#shea
  5. ^ "CEU Hosts First Ever Habilitation Procedure | Central European University". www.ceu.edu. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  6. ^ https://urbanmilwaukee.com/pressrelease/dr-ulrich-lehner-awarded-way-klingler-fellowship-in-the-humanities/
  7. ^ "Habilitationen und Berufungen Februar 2019". www.forschung-und-lehre.de. August 2, 2019.
  8. ^ "Habilitationen und Berufungen Januar 2019". www.forschung-und-lehre.de. August 2, 2019.
  9. ^ https://academic.oup.com/jaar/article-abstract/84/4/1175/2518899
  10. ^ https://networks.h-net.org/node/16749/reviews/141741/matytsin-lehner-catholic-enlightenment-forgotten-history-global
  11. ^ De Dijn, Annelien (2012). "The Politics of Enlightenment: From Peter Gay to Jonathan Israel". The Historical Journal. 55 (3): 785–805. doi:10.1017/S0018246X12000301. JSTOR 23263274.
  12. ^ http://history.ceu.edu/sites/history.ceu.hu/files/attachment/event/1835/lehnerreportkontler.pdf
  13. ^ https://www.wissenschaft.de/rezensionen/buecher/die-katholische-aufklaerung-weltgeschichte-einer-reformbewegung/
  14. ^ https://www.ilsussidiario.net/news/cultura/2018/2/14/letture-il-lungo-viaggio-dell-illuminismo-cattolico-e-la-revisione-necessaria/806738/
  15. ^ https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/catholic-enlightenment
  16. ^ https://www.americamagazine.org/issue/culture/18th-century-progressives
  17. ^ "Ulrich L. Lehner | University of Notre Dame - Academia.edu". Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  18. ^ "Members | European Academy of Sciences and Arts". members.euro-acad.eu.
  19. ^ "Ulrich Lehner". Institute for Advanced Study.
  20. ^ Dame, Marketing Communications: Web // University of Notre. "Ulrich L. - Lehner // Institute for Advanced Study // University of Notre Dame". Institute for Advanced Study. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  21. ^ https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/pub_hn_query.bibliographia_index_pub?p_lang=en&p_year=2016&p_group=1&p_fg2=1A

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