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By Miklós Vassányi

This paintings offers and philosophically analyzes the early sleek and smooth historical past of the speculation about the soul of the realm, anima mundi. The preliminary query of the research is why there has been a revival of this conception in the course of the early German Romanticism, while the concept that of the anima mundi had been rejected within the previous, classical interval of eu philosophy (early and mature Enlightenment). The presentation and research starts off from the Leibnizian-Wolffian college, in general antagonistic to the idea, and covers classical eighteenth-century physico-theology, additionally reluctant to just accept an anima mundi. subsequent, it discusses early glossy and glossy Christian philosophical Cabbala (Böhme and Ötinger), an highbrow culture which to a point tolerated the assumption of a soul of the realm. The philosophical courting among Spinoza and Spinozism at the one hand, and the anima mundi theory at the different is usually tested. An research of Giordano Bruno’s usage of the idea that anima del mondo is the final step ahead of we provide an account of ways and why German Romanticism, specifically Baader and Schelling asserted and utilized the speculation of the Weltseele. the aim of the paintings is to turn out that the philosophical insufficiency of an idea of God as an ens extramundanum instigated the Romantics to imagine an anima mundi that can act as a divine and quasi-infinite middleman among God and Nature, as a locum tenens of God in actual reality.

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