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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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Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

The state of moral philosophy at the University before Kant is briefly touched upon by explaining the concepts of natural law and eudaemonism, both of which Anders repudiated. Like Kant he was attracted to problems of ‘the Connection between the Principle of the Doctrines of Virtue and Jurisprudence’, problems that much to his regret he had to leave unsolved. The heavy burden he put on his shoulders harmed his health and forced him to bed with incessant migraine. A sworn adherent of Brunonianism advised him to take strong drugs, but to no avail. Another doctor recommended long foot walks which lead him to see Adam Oehlenschläger's beautiful sister, Sophie, whom he soon married. This benefited his health, but did not solve his philosophical problem.

Keywords:   Anders Sandøe Ørsted, prize essay, Kantian moral philosophy, natural law, Eudaemonism, Brunonianism, Sophie Ørsted

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