The Problem of Influence of Jacob Boehme’s Theosophy on Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s Idealistic System

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Abstract

Educated historians of philosophy reluctantly expose connections between Western esotericism and the mainstream modern philosophy Esotericism is usually associated with intellectual quackery, which leads many of its followers to heresy and exclusion from the Christian world. However, prominent representatives of the European philosophy sometimes drew their inspiration from esoteric knowledge, e.g. G. Bruno and Spinoza from kabbalah or F. W. J. Schelling from F. C. Oetinger’s theosophy. G. W. F. Hegel was probably aware that the esoteric thought played an essential role in the establishing of the modern scientific method. Therefore, in his Lectures on the History of Philosophy he devoted a separate chapter to J. Boehme, who provided the basis for the modern dialectic in his theosophy. The author of this article makes a comparative analysis between the elected elements of Boehme’s and Hegel’s thought and exposes many structural similarities in their works. At the same time, the author suggests that Boehme’s theory could have been an important source of inspiration for Hegel, especially in the early phase of his intellectual development.
Translated title of the contributionThe Problem of Influence of Jacob Boehme’s Theosophy on Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s Idealistic System
Original languagePolish
Pages (from-to)55-71
Number of pages17
JournalStudies in the History of Philosophy
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • heosophy
  • Hegel
  • Böhme
  • Western esotericism
  • dialectic
  • Holy Trinity
  • idealism
  • mysticism

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