Religious Revolutionaries and Spiritualism in Germany around 1848

With a strong focus on Christian Gottfried Daniel Nees von Esenbeck (1776–1858), erstwhile president of the German Academy of the Natural Scientists Leopoldina, as it was then known, this article inquires into the connections between his political involvements in the German revolutionary Vormärz (pr...

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Published in:Aries
Main Author: Cyranka, Daniel 1969-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Brill 2016
In: Aries
Year: 2016, Volume: 16, Issue: 1, Pages: 13-48
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Nees von Esenbeck, Christian Gottfried Daniel 1776-1858 / Germany / Vormärz / Revolution / Deutschkatholizismus / Verein der Protestantischen Freunde / Davis, Andrew Jackson 1826-1910 / Spiritualism / Hellsehen / Socio-cultural change
RelBib Classification:AA Study of religion
AZ New religious movements
KBB German language area
ZC Politics in general
Further subjects:B Spiritualism spiritism revolution religion Germany Catholicism science
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Summary:With a strong focus on Christian Gottfried Daniel Nees von Esenbeck (1776–1858), erstwhile president of the German Academy of the Natural Scientists Leopoldina, as it was then known, this article inquires into the connections between his political involvements in the German revolutionary Vormärz (pre-March) era and in the 1848 revolutions, in the movements spearheaded by the German Catholics (Deutschkatholiken) and the Protestant Friends (Lichtfreunde) as well as in the debates carried out during this period on science and scientificity. Beyond a discussion of these associations that scholarship has addressed, the article explores the role of spiritism or spiritualism within these contexts. In light of that, Nees’ reception of the writings of Andrew Jackson Davis (1826–1910) is examined with respect to the prevalence of continuities and discontinuities between Nees’ scientific work, his political and religious activities and his intellectual preoccupation with visions and the notion of divination.
ISSN:1570-0593
Contains:In: Aries
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/15700593-01601002