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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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(p.227) 24 | 1809 Family and Friends
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Professor Ørsted now lived with his father, his mentally deranged stepmother, and his half-siblings. Against his and Anders's splendid merits the rest of the brothers looked like black sheep. After Jacob's fraud Niels is charged with murdering his superior army officer, but is acquitted for lack of proof and exiled. Oehlenschläger had accompanied Steffens abroad, but eventually comes to dislike his character and philosophy and resumes his friendship with Hans Christian, whom he had in the meantime treated as his errand boy. Oehlenschläger sends his devastating notes on Steffens's shortcomings, but although pleased to have regained his friendship Ørsted was somewhat baffled by the sudden conversion. The two friends engage themselves in a discussion of Schelling's and Steffens's Naturphilosophie and meet in Madam Gyllenbourg's salon to attend Heiberg's Don Juan.

Keywords:   the ill fate of Ørsted's younger brothers, Oehlenschläger breach with Steffens, Ørsted's friendship with Oehlenschläger resumed, naturphilosophie, Don Juan

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