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The Worldview of Personalism: Origins and Early Development

Jan Olof Bengtsson


The book challenges the current view that personalism is primarily an early 20th-century phenomenon. The established definitions of personalism, mainly in terms of the American school of B. P. Bowne, are shown to fit broadly the positions of much earlier continental European and Scandinavian philosophers and theologians. The beginnings of specifically personalistic thought are traced to F. H. Jacobi’s criticism of pantheism, first set forth in the 1780s, and the work of the later F. W. J. Schelling. Its development is then identified in the work of selected, representative thinkers who, throug ... More

Keywords: Christian theology, idealistic philosophy, F. H. Jacobi, nineteenth century, personal idealism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199297191
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297191.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Olof Bengtsson, author
Teacher of the history of ideas, Lund University