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By Miklós Vassányi

This paintings offers and philosophically analyzes the early glossy and smooth heritage of the speculation about the soul of the area, anima mundi. The preliminary query of the research is why there has been a revival of this thought for the period of the early German Romanticism, while the idea that of the anima mundi had been rejected within the prior, classical interval of ecu philosophy (early and mature Enlightenment). The presentation and research begins from the Leibnizian-Wolffian tuition, often antagonistic to the idea, and covers classical eighteenth-century physico-theology, additionally reluctant to just accept an anima mundi. subsequent, it discusses early sleek and glossy Christian philosophical Cabbala (Böhme and Ötinger), an highbrow culture which to a point tolerated the belief 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 concept that anima del mondo is the final step ahead of we supply an account of the way and why German Romanticism, specifically Baader and Schelling asserted and utilized the idea of the Weltseele. the aim of the paintings is to end up 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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