Chapter 4 The Attack on Martensen and His Students’ Hegel Fever: 1840

In: A History of Hegelianism in Golden Age Denmark, Tome II
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Jon Stewart
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Abstract

This second tome treats the most intensive period in the history of the Danish Hegel reception, namely, the years from 1837 to 1841. The main figure in this period is the theologian Hans Lassen Martensen who made Hegel’s philosophy a sensation among the students at the University of Copenhagen in the late 1830s. This period also includes the publication of Johan Ludvig Heiberg’s Hegelian journal, Perseus, in 1837 and 1838, and Frederik Christian Sibbern’s monumental review of it, which represented the most extensive treatment of Hegel’s philosophy in the Danish language at the time. During this period Hegel’s philosophy flourished in unlikely genres such as drama and lyric poetry with Heiberg’s speculative comedy, Fata Morgana (1838), and his satirical classic, “A Soul after Death” (1841). In this period Hegel’s philosophy also make inroads in fields such as jurisprudence and art criticism. During these years Hegelianism enjoyed an unprecedented success in Denmark until it gradually began to be perceived as a dangerous trend.

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