Luca Sebastiano Maugeri

Kierkegaard and the mystical-theosophical tradition: a comparison

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Keywords: Kierkegaard, Baader, mysticism, anxiety, creation.

The goal of this paper is to show briefly the connections and the different kinds of mysticism developed in German idealism (especially the one developed by Baader, with his interpretation of Böhme's theosophy), in order to proof, through the texts, all the possible suggestions and influences that Søren Kierkegaard could have received from them during his studies. It is also shown how the Danish thinker reacted to these interpretations of mystic and mysticism and his negative reactions to their theological premises. Nevertheless, it is possible to find the presence and the influence of these authors in Kierkegaard's Concept of anxiety: here he gives an anthropological and existential dimension to philosophical mysticism, in connection with the theological question about the original sin.

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