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Ritter, Johann Wilhelm
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Ritter, Johann Wilhelm, * 16 Jan 1776 (Samitz (Silesia, now in Poland)), † 23 Jan 1810 (Munich)

After studying pharmacology and chemistry in Liegnitz from 1791 to 1796, Ritter enrolled at the University of Iena where he presented in 1797 a ‘Demonstration that in the animal kingdom a constant galvanism accompanies the process of life’. This paper's publication the following year stirred a flurry of debate. After its publication, Ritter occupied two more or less overlapping positions within Germany's intellectual world at the turn of the century, namely, that of a Naturphilosoph [→ Naturp…

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Faivre, Antoine, “Ritter, Johann Wilhelm”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 19 June 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_311>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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