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Jacob Boehme, the seventeenth-century German speculative mystic, influenced the philosophers Hegel and Schelling and both English and German Romantics alike with his visionary thought. Gnostic Apocalypse focuses on the way Boehme’s thought repeats and surpasses post-reformation Lutheran thinking, deploys and subverts the commitments of medieval mysticism, realizes the speculative thrust of Renaissance alchemy, is open to esoteric discourses such as the Kabbalah, and articulates a dynamic metaphysics. This book critically assesses the striking claim made in the nineteenth century that Boehme’s visionary discourse represents within the confines of specifically Protestant thought nothing less than the return of ancient Gnosis. Although the grounds adduced on behalf of the “Gnostic return” claim in the nineteenth century are dismissed as questionable, O’Regan shows that the fundamental intuition is correct. Boehme’s visionary discourse does represent a return of Gnosticism in the modern period, and in this lies its fundamental claim to our contemporary philosophical, theological, and literary attention.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. PART I. Visionary Pansophism and the Narrativity of the Divine
  2. pp. 27-30
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  1. CHAPTER 1. Narrative Trajectory of the Self-Manifesting Divine
  2. pp. 31-55
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  1. CHAPTER 2. Discursive Contexts of Boehme's Visionary Narrative
  2. pp. 57-82
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  1. PART II. Metalepsis Unbounding
  2. pp. 83-86
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  1. CHAPTER 3. Nondistinctive Swerves: Boehme's Recapitulation of Minority Pre-Reformationand Post-Reformation Traditions
  2. pp. 87-101
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  1. CHAPTER 4. Distinctive Swerves: Toward Metalepsis
  2. pp. 103-127
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  1. CHAPTER 5. Boehme's Visionary Discourseand the Limits of Metalepsis
  2. pp. 129-140
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  1. PART III. Valentinianism and Valentinian Enlisting of Non-Valentinian Narrative Discourses
  2. pp. 141-146
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  1. CHAPTER 6. Boehme's Discourse and Valentinian Narrative Grammar
  2. pp. 147-159
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  1. CHAPTER 7. Apocalyptic in Boehme's Discourse and its Valentinian Enlisting
  2. pp. 161-175
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  1. CHAPTER 8. Neoplatonism in Boehme's Discourse and its Valentinian Enlisting
  2. pp. 177-191
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  1. CHAPTER 9. Kabbalah in Boehme's Discourse and its Valentinian Enlisting
  2. pp. 193-209
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  1. Conclusion: Genealogical Preface
  2. pp. 211-223
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 225-276
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-300
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791489505
Related ISBN
9780791452011
MARC Record
OCLC
52417943
Pages
300
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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