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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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| 1813 Controversy on Pantheism

| 1813 Controversy on Pantheism

(p.274) 29 | 1813 Controversy on Pantheism
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Anders resents Grundtvig's World Chronicle, and Hans Christian takes over the task of criticising it. Grundtvig had attacked the new school of German philosophy, in particular Schelling's pantheism inspired by Spinoza. In short, Grundtvig alleged that Naturphilosophie is pantheistic and hence unchristian, secondly, that it is deterministic and thus at odds with Christian morality, and thirdly, that it is elitist and serves the interests of the learned republic. It is shown that the Danish controversy reflected two previous German disputes, and that Grundtvig reiterated some of Jacobi's views. Although Grundtvig was fond of Anders, his former teacher, both Ørsted brothers felt urged to schoolmaster him. In 1814 Hans Christian delivered a speech at the University on ‘The Cultivation of Science Considered as Religious Worship’, which summarized his views against Grundtvig.

Keywords:   Grundtvig, pantheism, Schelling, biblical criticism, Jacobi, moral philosophy, the learned republic

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