Pantheism, Panpsychism, and Secularization
Elisabeth Blum, Paul Richard Blum

Pantheism, Panpsychism, and Secularization

Case Studies from Early Modernity

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Pantheism and panpsychism view the divine as omnipresent in the world or declare everything to be animated. This book presents a small number of case studies that show how these theories arose in the Renaissance and were linked to the overall intellectual climate of early modernity that became increasingly secularized. Pantheism and panentheism (the view that God embraces the world) preluded modern secularism as the attitude that deems religion and theology irrelevant to science. One case is Renaissance magic as a comprehensive worldview. Cosmology debated the relation between the Creator and creation so that it could be relegated to either mythology or divine transcendence. The idea of universal ensoulment shaped a secular physics as visible in the theory of mind and in the modern development of monadology.

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Seitenanzahl 158 arabisch
Bindung Buch, Gebunden
ISBN 978-3-7965-5126-0
Erscheinungsdatum 13.05.2024


Elisabeth Blum taught philosophy at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore and is Researcher at Palacký University Olomouc (Czech Republic). She published book and articles on Renaissance philosophy and translated Giordano Bruno into German.
Paul Richard Blum is professor emeritus at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore and Researcher at Palacký University Olomouc (Czech Republic). His most recent book is Oracles of the Cosmos: Between Pantheism and Secularism (Schwabe Verlag, 2022).