Anima Mundi: The Rise of the World Soul Theory in Modern German Philosophy

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ISBN: 978-90-481-8795-9 (Print) 978-90-481-8796-6 (Online)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv

  2. Opposition to the Identification of the World Soul with God in the Philosophia Leibnitio-Wolffiana: The Theory of God as the ‘ens extramundanum

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      Pages 11-11

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      Pages 1-9

      Introduction

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      Pages 13-23

      Presentation of the Texts Relevant for the Concept of ananima mundi. The Immediate Natural Theological Setting of the Problem

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      Pages 25-83

      The Distinctive Philosophical Content of the Concept of an “anima mundi” in Leibniz and His Followers. Arguments of This School Against the General Theory of anima mundi. A Broader Natural Philosophical and Metaphysical Discussion of Their Answer Positions

  3. “Les Naturalistes – Eighteenth-Century Physico-Theology: The Scientific Demonstration of the Existence and Attributes of God from the Teleology of Nature. The World Soul Theory in Physico-Theology. Physico-Theology As a Source of Inspiration for the Early German Romantics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 85-85

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      Pages 87-101

      Preliminary Historical and Conceptual Presentation of “L’Histoire Naturelle” in Selected Major Works of some Leading Naturalists. The Relation of Natural Science to Theology or Spirituality in their Works

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      Pages 103-123

      General Philosophical Analysis of Physico-Theology

  4. Gradual Rise of the Concept of a World Soul in the ‘Lessingzeit’. Philosophical Cabbala, Spinozism and Mysticism: Böhme and Ötinger; Spinoza, Lessing and the Pantheismus-Streit; Giordano Bruno’s Influence in the Epoch

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 125-125

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      Pages 127-185

      Böhme’s Speculative Theology (De signatura rerum, 1622). Ötinger’s Cabbalistic Theory of the World as a Glorious Divine Epiphany or Sh e khinā; and his Problematic Rejection of the Concept of Weltseele (Offentliches Denckmahl der Lehrtafel einer … Prinzessin Antonia, 1763)

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      Pages 187-327

      The Philosophical Incompatibility of Spinoza’s System with the World Soul Theory. Bayle’s Identification of Spinozism with the World Soul Theory, and Wachter’s Denial of the Same. Lessing’s Statement Concerning the World Soul, and His Alleged Spinozism in Jacobi’s Ueber die Lehre des Spinoza (11785), Mendelssohn’s Morgenstunden (1785), and Herder’s Gott. Einige Gespräche (1787). Herder’s Rejection of the Identification of God with the Weltseele

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      Pages 329-360

      The World Soul in Giordano Bruno’s De la causa, principio et uno (1584) and De l’infinito, universo e mondi (1584). The Revival of Bruno’s Philosophy in Late Eighteenth to Early Nineteenth-Century German Thought

  5. The Philosophical Postulation of the World Soul in Early German Romanticism

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 361-361

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      Pages 363-396

      The World Soul in Baader’s and Schelling’s Conceptions

  6. Back Matter

    Pages 397-434