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Jacobi, Friedrich Heinrich
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(Jan 25, 1743, Düsseldorf – Mar 10, 1819, Munich), philosopher and novelist. He was one of the most outstanding personalities of classical German philosophy, their “gray eminence.” He called himself a “privileged heretic,” aptly characterizing his epoch-making double role. Owing to his thorough problem analyses, which were initially devoted to B. Spinoza's metaphysics (which only really became known through Jacobi) and to I. Kant's just published transcendental philosophy, Jacobi not only distinguished himself as an omnipresent stimulator who…

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Sandkaulen, Birgit, “Jacobi, Friedrich Heinrich”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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