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A Comparison of Wolff’s and Kant’s Receptions of Emanuel Swedenborg

Authors
  • Follesa, Laura1
  • 1 Department of Philosophy, 08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès) , (Spain)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Kant-Studien
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Mar 09, 2021
Volume
112
Issue
1
Pages
1–22
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/kant-2021-0001
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
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Abstract

Kant’s Dreams of a Spirit-Seer (1766) did not provide the sole perspective through which Emanuel Swedenborg’s work was known in Germany in the eighteenth century. Before Kant, another German philosopher was interested in Swedenborg from a completely different perspective: Christian Wolff. On the one hand, this paper analyzes the meaning of Wolff’s anonymous reviews of Swedenborg’s early writings published in Acta Eruditorum, the authorship of which was only recently discovered, in order to show Swedenborg’s intertwinement with German scholars during the 1720s. On the other, I juxtapose Kant’s and Wolff’s evaluations of Swedenborg’s work at the origins of their different attitudes towards fundamental problems such as the nature of the soul and immortality.

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