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Hans Christian ØrstedReading Nature's Mind$
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Dan Ch. Christensen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.001.0001

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| 1801–2 | 1801–2 Jena: Romanticism, Salons, and Societies

| 1801–2 | 1801–2 Jena: Romanticism, Salons, and Societies

(p.122) 13 | 1801–2 Jena: Romanticism, Salons, and Societies
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Ørsted encounters the early Romantic spirit of Jena University represented by Fichte, Goethe and Schiller. In Berlin he becomes a regular guest at Madam Herz's salon, magnetized by her charm, and is consequently introduced to the intellectual community, many of which are Jews. Her husband, the much older physician Marcus Herz, had formerly been close to Kant in Königsberg. The informal rules of salons and the many venues of entertainment are outlined. He also made friends with a good many Freemasons and pondered becoming initiated. Ørsted joins Fichte's lectures and discusses Schelling's philosophy with him. Ørsted takes a critical stand against Naturphilosophie, which is apparent not only in his letters but also in his article ‘Overview of the Latest Progress of Physics’ written for Fr. Schlegel's journal Europa.

Keywords:   Jena University, Madam Herz’ salon, ‘Kränzchen’, Fichte's lectures, schelling's Naturphilosophie, Schlegel's journal Europa

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