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By Cyril O'Regan

Jacob Boehme, the seventeenth-century German speculative mystic, motivated the philosophers Hegel and Schelling and either English and German Romantics alike together with his visionary inspiration. Gnostic Apocalypse specializes in the way in which Boehme s notion repeats and surpasses post-reformation Lutheran pondering, deploys and subverts the commitments of medieval mysticism, realizes the speculative thrust of Renaissance alchemy, is open to esoteric discourses corresponding to the Kabbalah, and articulates a dynamic metaphysics. This e-book seriously assesses the awesome declare made within the 19th century that Boehme s visionary discourse represents in the confines of in particular Protestant idea not anything under the go back of historic Gnosis. even though the grounds adduced on behalf of the Gnostic go back declare within the 19th century are disregarded as questionable, O Regan exhibits that the elemental instinct is true. Boehme s visionary discourse does signify a go back of Gnosticism within the smooth interval, and during this lies its basic declare to our modern philosophical, theological, and literary attention."

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