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Klages, Ludwig
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(Dec 10, 1872, Hannover – Jul 29, 1956, Kilchberg), philosopher and psychologist. After beginnings in poetry that brought him close to S. George, Klages turned to science, into which he sought to integrate mystical experiences. While his metaphysics, which assumed a spirit from beyond space and time that broke into original life, is very distant from contemporary thought, the following elements are still significant: (1) his critique of culture, especially in Mensch und Erde (1913), an early ecological manifesto with its rigorous condemnation of the hu…

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Großheim, Michael, “Klages, Ludwig”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 February 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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