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Perspectives on Spinoza in Works by Schiller, Büchner, and C.F. Meyer

Five Essays


Rodney R. Taylor

This study is an investigation of the impact of Spinozan metaphysics on German-speaking writers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In terms of specific works by Friedrich Schiller and C.F. Meyer, this influence has hitherto gone unnoticed. Though it has long been recognized that George Büchner was profoundly affected by Spinozism, in-depth treatments of this important dimension of his thought have, by and large, been lacking. This book contains an attempt to come to terms with significant aspects of Büchner's reception of Spinoza, as found both in his literary and non-literary writings.