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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

(p.63) Chapter Three The Myth of Absence
The Myth of Disenchantment

Jason Ā. Josephson-Storm

University of Chicago Press

"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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