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Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition by Glenn Alexander Magee
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Glenn Alexander Magee's controversial book argues that Hegel was decisively influenced by the Hermetic tradition, a body of thought with roots in Greco-Roman Egypt. In the middle ages and modern period, the Hermetic tradition became entwined with such mystical strands of thought as alchemy, Kabbalism, Millenarianism, Rosicrucianism, and theosophy. Recent scholarship has drawn connections between the Hermetic "counter-tradition" and many modern thinkers, including Leibniz and Newton.Magee contends that Hegel accepted the central Hermetic teaching that God is complete only when he becomes known by the Hermetic adept. Magee traces the influence on Hegel of such Hermetic thinkers as Baader, Bohme, Bruno, and Paracelsus, and shows that he shared their entire range of interests, including a fascination with occult and paranormal phenomena.Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition covers Hegel's entire philosophical corpus, showing that his engagement with Hermeticism lasted throughout his entire career and intensified during his final years in Berlin. Viewing Hegel as a Hermetic thinker has implications for a more complete understanding of the modern philosophical tradition, and German idealism in particular.
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May 31st, 2001
Country of Publication
United States
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Cornell University Press
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