Nature Loves to Hide: An Alternative History of Philosophy

Nature Loves to Hide: An Alternative History of Philosophy

Description

An alternative history of philosophy has endured as a shadowy parallel to standard histories, although it shares many of the same themes. It has its own founding texts in the late ancient Hermetica, from whence flowed three broad streams of thought: alchemy, astrology, and magic. These thinkers' attitude toward philosophy is not one of detached speculation but of active engagement, even intervention. It appeared again in the European Middle Ages, in the Renaissance with Rabelais, Paracelsus, Agrippa, Ficino, and Bruno; and in the early modern period with John Dee, Robert Fludd, Jacob Boehme, Thomas Browne, Kenelm Digby, van Helmont, and Isaac Newton. In the 18th-19th centuries, this book considers Lichtenberg's Fragments, Berkeley's Siris, Swedenborg, Hegel, von Baader, and great Romantics such as Novalis, Goethe, S. T. Coleridge, and E. A. Poe, as well as Nietzsche; and in the 20th century it turns to the great modernist literature of Fernando Pessoa, Robert Musil, Ernst Bloch, and P. K. Dick.


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Details

Author(s)
Paul S. MacDonald
Format
Paperback | 474 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 26.92mm | 691.27g
Publication date
05 Apr 2019
Publisher
Lulu.com
Publication City/Country
Morrisville, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0359197906
ISBN13
9780359197903