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The myth of idealist succession

Sunday, 23 April 2017 at 21:53

Fichte, Schelling and Hegel on Dr John Dunn.

In philosophy, the myth of succession holds sway, with Schelling and Hegel presented as the heirs and successors of Fichte, rather than his opponents.

So what did Fichte represent? The assertion of the same individual will that had attained crown and mitre in Dante’s Divine Comedy; the will which thundered in the symphonies of Beethoven and the great romantic poets.

What did Schelling and Hegel represent? They were Monophysites. Influenced by Spinoza.

Fichte represented a peak. Schelling and Hegel represented a falling away.

Fichte defined what it is to be human; and that was in the human capacity for creation, in the image of God

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Marx the Spinozist

Monday, 17 April 2017 at 20:37

Spinoza and Marx on Dr John Dunn.

Consciously Christian, Hegel believed that he had developed a supercessionary philosophy, one that took the philosophy of the Jew Spinoza as its starting point. In reality Hegel remained a monophysite and provided the motor of return to Spinoza’s Absolute. It only needed Marx to turn Hegel on his head, consciously in opposition to Fichte, to complete the return, setting Spinoza ‘right side up’ in the process. Above all, Marx was a Spinozist, rather than a Hegelian.

The shadow of the Hegelian dialectic may have remained as a materialist teleology in Marx’s work, as determinism, necessarianism and fatalism. However, its philosophy of progression masked the philosophy of return, which had existed from the start in the Lurianic Kabbalah of exile and return adopted by Spinoza.

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