German-speaking mystics, such as Jacob Boehme
, spiritualized linguistic work and looked to the Holy Spirit or even the mysterious personage "Sophia" to guide them in translations.
Morgen Rote im auffgang (Morning Glow Ascending) is more commonly known as Aurora; it was written by a shoemaker named Jacob Boehme
Some have found his thought too pantheistic, others have accused him of being tainted with the "muddle-headed mysticism" of Jacob Boehme
(15751624) and still others have perceived him as nearly or "potentially" a Russian sectarian.
They included Jacob Boehme
's The Three Principles of the Divine Essence (1648); 19th- and 20th-century books on magic, such as P.L.
The same is true for the works of Jacob Boehme
, whose importation into England Rix traces through his most prominent translators and publishers to a variety of English reading groups, writers, and preachers, some comfortably within the fold of the Church of England, some not.
Chapter 11 traces the work and influence of Jacob Boehme
, including his relevant sources in ancient mystical texts, and medieval Jewish Kabbalah.
His argument is strengthened by the fact that Schelling is a significant influence in The Concept of Anxiety, since Schelling had acquired decisively Eckhartian influences through his reading of Jacob Boehme
. However, one wonders just how much influence should be attributed to Eckhart, and how much should be attributed to Kierkegaard's Lutheranism, since his descriptions of sin and faith have strongly Lutheran resonances (cf., for instance, Luther's definition of sin in terms of the heart turned in on itself).
Using models of spectral otherness drawn from Freud, Derrida, Lacan and, less anachronistically, Jacob Boehme
, Kuchar convincingly argues that this actively indifferent and spectral other is not merely the opposite of the fully conscious self, but its double, "the inhuman dimension within human subjectivity itself," a self-negating "dead puppet" (Kuchar recalls Restoration "Punch and Judy" shows).
Most of the principles of the movement were developed in the writings of Saint-Martin who, borrowing from Christianity, neo-Platonism, and Jacob Boehme
, argues that man emanates directly from God.
The metaphysic behind Rexroth's insight here is indicated in his next book, The Signature of All Things (1949), after the famous volume of the same name by Jacob Boehme
, the sixteenth-century German theosophist and mystic.
The late emigre Russian philosopher Sergei Levitsky, in fact, posed the question whether Berdyaev was a prophet or a heretic, though he unhesitantly concluded that he was a "noble heretic motivated by the highest ethical considerations." (2) Standing to the "extreme left" of Orthodoxy, he readily acknowledged the significant influences of Friedrich Nietzsche and Karl Marx, and of Thomas Carlyle, Henrik Ibsen, Leon Bloy, and the German theosopher and mystic Jacob Boehme
(1575-1624), "one of the greatest mystics of all time," Berdyaev contended.
Both Schelling and Hegel extensively reference Jacob Boehme
, a pivotal link within this mystico-speculative tradition.