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

Authors: Vassányi, Miklós

  • -Important monograph on the (early) modern theory of the Soul of the World
  • -Examines the World Soul problematique in a broad metaphysical context
  • -Includes interdisciplinary discussion between metaphysics, theology and natural philosophy
  • -Covers non-mainstream intellectual traditions such as Cabbala and Hermetism
  • -Includes unpublished early modern manuscript material
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First affirmed by Plato, the concept of the world as a cosmic living being, possessed of a soul, gained great importance in the Stoic and Neo-Platonic philosophical schools. Several medieval philosophers displayed an interest in this theory of the world soul, which retained its attractive power even into the Renaissance. However, the leading early modern rationalists, especially Leibniz, found the world soul philosophically unacceptable. Why and how then did the German Romantics of the late 1700s and early 1800s – first and foremost Franz von Baader and Schelling – come resolutely to posit the existence of the world soul? In Anima Mundi: The Rise of the World Soul Theory in Modern German Philosophy , Miklós Vassányi shows that the metaphysical aspirations of the early German Romantics could not be satisfied by the Leibnizian concept of a God beyond the world. Powerful as Leibniz’s argument is when primarily the existence of God is considered, it fails to convincingly account for the presence of God within the world, and for the unity of the world. The fundamental existential experience of the Romantics was that God is immediately present in Nature, that God and Nature constitute an indissoluble Absolute. The best philosophical instrument to articulate their theory of the interpenetration of the Finite and the Infinite was a theory of the soul of the world.

About the authors

Miklós Vassányi (1966) earned Master’s and Doctor’s degrees in Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, with a dissertation which forms the essence of this book. He is Associate Professor in Philosophy at Károli University of the Hungarian Reformed Church, Budapest.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Vassányi, Miklós

    Pages 1-9

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

    Vassányi, Miklós

    Pages 13-23

  • 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

    Vassányi, Miklós

    Pages 25-83

  • 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

    Vassányi, Miklós

    Pages 87-101

  • General Philosophical Analysis of Physico-Theology

    Vassányi, Miklós

    Pages 103-123

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Anima Mundi: The Rise of the World Soul Theory in Modern German Philosophy
Authors
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
202
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-8796-6
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-8796-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-8795-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3426-5
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 434
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