‘Teutonic Philosophy’: Jacob Boehme (1575-1624) in context, his life and the reception of his writings

Event Date: 16-18 September 2010
University of Oxford

‘Teutonic Philosophy’: Jacob Boehme (1575-1624) in context, his life and the reception of his writings

A conference to be held at the University of Oxford 16-18 September 2010

The theosophical works of Jacob Boehme [or Jakob Böhme] (1575– 1624), the ‘inspired cobbler’ of Görlitz, have influenced Western culture in complex and profound ways, from the radical sects of the English Civil Wars to twentieth-century Russian Orthodox theology. This interdisciplinary conference will draw on the insights of literary, philosophical, theological and historical scholarship to illuminate Boehme’s thought and trace the reception of his writings over four centuries.

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Prof Andrew Weeks – ‘Boehme’s roots in Radical Anticlericalism and Paracelsian Nature Theory’

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Prof Nigel Smith, ‘Did anyone understand Jacob Boehme? The lure of theosophy in the early modern world’

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Prof Bruce Janz‘Why Boehme matters – or should matter – today’

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Programme: ([download id=”1″] as .doc file)


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