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The Myth of DisenchantmentMagic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences$
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Jason A. Josephson-Storm

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226403229

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226403533.001.0001

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The Myth of Absence

The Myth of Absence

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(p.63) Chapter Three The Myth of Absence
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The Myth of Disenchantment
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Jason Ā. Josephson-Storm

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226403533.003.0004

"The Myth of Absence,” traces the myth that the philosophes and the mechanistic cosmology had eliminated the divine. It demonstrates that several key mythemes—the mythless age, the de-divination of nature, nihilism, and the death of God—had a conjoined genesis in German philosophical circles several decades before Nietzsche. Focusing on the writings of G. W. F. Hegel, Friedrich Hölderlin, Friedrich Jacobi, and Friedrich Schiller, it shows how a generation of German philosophers came to believe that they lived in a uniquely mythless epoch and then transmitted this particular lament to later generations, including our own. Turning to Jacob Burckhardt, it shows how the myth-of-the-end-of-myth was projected backward, producing the historiography of other epochs, such as the Renaissance and the Enlightenment

Keywords:   Friedrich Schiller, Friedrich Hölderlin, the death of God, Friedrich Jacobi, Jacob Burckhardt, German Romanticism, de-divination of nature, Pantheism Controversy, G. W. F. Hegel, Friedrich Nietzsche, Nihilism

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