Johann Caspar Lavater (1741-1801), author and from 1769 pastor in Zurich, was one of the most dazzling figures of his time. His charismatic personality and his works mostly committed to the enlightenment turned Zürich in the second half of the 18th century into a spiritual centre.

The selected works in historical critical edition based on ten volumes (JCLW) publish a representative selection of theological, philosophical and educational, political, and facial writings of Lavater on behalf of the Research Foundation and the editorial circle of Johann Caspar Lavater. Supplementary and study books (JCLSt) and an electronic version (PDF Edition) complete the work output.