From Cosmology to Ecology: The Monist World-view in Germany from 1770 to 1930

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Peter Lang, 2005 - Philosophy - 401 pages
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This book traces the development of the monist world-view in Germany from the Age of Goethe to the 1920s. Originally a core idea in the philosophy of Spinoza, monism, the idea of a universe of one substance that is both mind and matter, inspired many German thinkers from Goethe to Fechner, especially the infamous social Darwinist Ernst Haeckel. This study contrasts Haeckel's monism with the more benign monist world-views of his predecessors and of his socialist and left-liberal contemporaries and followers, above all Bruno Wille and Wilhelm B lsche.
 

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Contents

The architects of the monist idea from Spinoza to Fechner
9
Ernst Haeckels monist cosmology and its reception
91
departure from monism
121
The monist movement of the Friedrichshagener writers
213
respect for nature
288
Monist musings at the dawn of a new century
329
Bibliography
367
Index
387
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The Author: Eric Paul Jacobsen was born near Cleveland, Ohio. He has a BA in German from the College of Wooster (1989) and an M.A. in German literature with a minor in music history from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (1992). He completed his doctoral studies with a minor in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the direction of Jost Hermand.

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