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9780792368205

Nemesis Divina

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    9780792368205

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  • Copyright: 2001-06-01
  • Publisher: Kluwer Academic Pub
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Summary

Linnaeus' mature theodicy, his attempt to reconcile the suffering and evil of the world with the omnipotence and goodness of God, is presented in a condensed form in the final editions of his Systema Naturae (1758/68). In this comprehensive compendium of our knowledge of the three great realms of organic nature, he outlines the significance of the sub-conscious, social awareness and theological orientation in the spiritual life of man, and indicates how fate, fortune, and Providence interrelate within his conception of the Deity. In the Nemesis Divina this general undertaking is developed into an 'experimental theology', which is exactly analogous to Linnaeus' work in the natural sciences, in that it involves the collecting and classifying of concrete and carefully described case-studies. He never prepared the manuscript for publication, however, and for many years it was regarded as lost, and it is only very recently that any attempt has been made to publish it in its entirety. This is the first English translation of all the relevant manuscript material. It is also the first attempt to analyse the case-studies in the light of what we know of Linnaeus' general taxonomic principles, and to relate each of them to its historical context.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION 1(80)
Introduction
3(2)
The Text
5(20)
Manuscripts
5(6)
The London manuscript
5(1)
The Uppsala manuscript
6(3)
Ownership
9(2)
Editions
11(7)
Fries, Barr, Hagberg
12(1)
Reception
13(2)
Malmestrom and Fredbarj
15(3)
This Edition
18(7)
Errors
18(2)
Biblical quotations
20(1)
Lay-out
21(4)
Theodicy
25(9)
Divine Economy
25(4)
Lowenhielm
27(1)
Object and subject
28(1)
Leibniz
29(2)
Metaphysical evil
29(1)
Physical evil
30(1)
Moral evil
31(1)
Numen
31(3)
Divine justice
31(1)
Authority
32(2)
The Background
34(47)
Sweden and Denmark
34(11)
Politics
34(4)
The Church
38(1)
The Law
39(3)
The Kolding Society
42(3)
England and Holland
45(8)
Baconianism
45(3)
Bayle's Dictionary
48(1)
Natural Theology
49(2)
Medicine
51(2)
Stenbrohult and Vaxjo
53(28)
The Wisdom of the Ancients
53(6)
The Garden
59(2)
Fate and Fortune
61(9)
Providence
70(11)
PART TWO: NEMESIS DIVINA 81(154)
Title page
83(2)
Introductory
85(3)
My only son
86(1)
Ecclesiastes 9: 2: There is one event
87(1)
I have often wondered
87(1)
There is nothing so sublime
87(1)
Thou mighty Ruler
87(1)
Man
88(28)
What is life?
89(10)
It is an axiom
90(1)
Dwell on what is your own
90(1)
Rutting
90(1)
Where the free child of the air
91(1)
What is life?
91(1)
I conceive of man
91(1)
Voigtlander
91(1)
Friesendorff
92(1)
Vanity
92(1)
Rudbeck
92(1)
Netherwood
93(1)
Death
93(2)
Passing on
95(2)
Seneca. Be assured
97(1)
Wisdom of Solomon 2: 2: The breath
97(1)
Yxkull
98(1)
The self within me
99(3)
What is the God
100(1)
Madam N.N.
100(1)
Lewenhaupt
100(1)
Ostermann
101(1)
Hamilton
101(1)
Going out into the dark
102(6)
Haunting
103(1)
Haunting is mentioned
103(1)
According to Holy Scripture
103(1)
Maja Hierpe
103(1)
Caesar's soothsayer
103(1)
On the day when my mother died
104(1)
But why do hauntings take place
104(1)
Shades
104(1)
My room
104(1)
The evening before
104(1)
In 1728 I was lodging
105(1)
At twelve o'clock at night
105(1)
Professor Dahlman's daughter
105(1)
Spellbinding
105(1)
It is the custom
105(1)
An executioner, incognito
106(1)
At Uppsala
106(1)
An executioner in Trondheim
106(1)
The chancellor of Denmark
106(1)
A German
107(1)
A country lad
107(1)
You too are here
108(8)
Fortune-telling
109(1)
A woman
109(1)
My brother Samuel
109(1)
In Gavle
109(1)
The astrologer in Rome
109(1)
An astrologer told Domitian
110(1)
Boatman
110(1)
Tiliander
110(1)
Portent
110(1)
It is generally said
110(1)
Laodamia
111(1)
Lofling
111(1)
Colonel Freidenfelt
111(1)
A student, Peldan
111(1)
On the very day
111(1)
Princess Elizabeth's revolution
112(1)
Antonius Saturninus
112(1)
Dean Risell
112(1)
Everyone is supposed
113(1)
How is it
113(1)
It is an axiom
113(1)
Caesar
113(1)
General Carl Cronstedt
114(1)
Some country people
114(2)
Man and Society
116(58)
The sapping of affection
117(13)
Joseph
118(1)
Myhrman
118(1)
Onanists
119(1)
Brahe
119(1)
Schmidt
120(1)
Backman
120(1)
Incest
121(1)
Lagerbladh
121(1)
The vow of chastity
122(1)
Christina Juliana Thun
122(1)
Welin
123(1)
The gardening man
123(1)
Adultery
123(1)
Sjoblad
124(1)
Dornberg
125(1)
Meldercreutz
125(1)
Hokerstedt
125(1)
Bergqvist
126(1)
Controller
126(1)
Canutius
127(1)
Wertmuller
127(1)
Nietzel
127(1)
Urlander
128(1)
Psilanderhielm
128(1)
Jan Jansson
128(1)
A Bralanda farmer
129(1)
Thy children should seek to thee
130(11)
O thrice and four times blest
131(1)
Ribbing
131(1)
Solander
132(1)
Lindberg
132(1)
Saganas
133(1)
Karl Jansson
133(1)
Wife
133(2)
Ihre
135(1)
Von der Lieth
135(1)
Wallerius
136(1)
An Uppland farmhand
136(1)
Parents
137(1)
A Parisienne
137(1)
Sannaboke
138(1)
Leijel
138(1)
Retribution
138(1)
Krabbe
139(1)
Appelbom
140(1)
Wrangel
140(1)
Morga
140(1)
The right common to all
141(18)
Seneca. Customary submission
142(1)
To the unfortunate
142(1)
Though all can be swept
142(1)
The mineworker
142(1)
A Scanian farmhand
142(1)
Strutz
143(1)
Per Adlerfelt
143(1)
Planting
143(1)
Wallrave
143(1)
Tavaste-bo
144(1)
Cronhielm
144(1)
Tordenskjold
145(1)
Greed
145(1)
Broberg
145(1)
Kyronius
146(1)
Hauswolff
147(1)
Odhelius
148(1)
Schleicher
148(1)
Envy
148(1)
Breant
148(1)
Westrin
149(1)
Krabbe
149(1)
Ingratitude
149(1)
Cicero
150(1)
Hallman
150(1)
Engberg
151(1)
Malice
151(1)
Mrs. Dahlman
152(1)
The farmhand at Jonkoping
152(1)
Erik Grubbe
153(1)
Dahlberg
154(1)
King Christian II
154(1)
Friendship
154(1)
There is the tale
155(1)
Sedlin
155(1)
Uggla
156(1)
A Swedish captian
156(1)
Diligence
156(1)
Maja Hierpe
157(1)
Grizell
157(1)
Law
158(1)
The more ardent the moralist
158(1)
Distributing wealth
159(15)
Fortune stands accused
160(1)
Plutus, accused before Jupiter
160(1)
The coronations of kings
160(1)
Poverty
160(1)
The voice of Abel's blood
161(1)
Sohlberg
161(1)
Funck
161(1)
Do not regard
161(1)
Riches
161(2)
Anders Joranson
163(1)
Hakansson
163(1)
Broman
163(1)
Charles XI
164(1)
Meldercreutz
164(1)
Julinschold
164(2)
Hultman
166(1)
A Danish sheriff
166(1)
Norrelius
166(1)
Brauner
167(1)
Gyllenkrok
167(1)
Nordenflycht
168(1)
Rafelt
169(1)
Cederhielm
169(1)
Wallerius
170(1)
Stade
170(2)
Blackwell
172(1)
Only the good fortune
173(1)
Man and God
174(61)
The Nations
175(19)
Job 12: 23: He enlargeth
176(1)
It is to this that discord
176(1)
A traveller
176(1)
Stobee
176(2)
Parliament
178(1)
Herkepaeus
178(1)
Skeckta
178(1)
Springer
179(1)
Brahe
179(1)
Rogberg
180(1)
Renhorn
180(1)
Pechlin
181(1)
Gylling
181(1)
Antonsson
181(1)
General Rudbeck
181(1)
Slagheck
182(1)
Joran Persson
182(1)
Griffenfeldt
182(1)
Gortz
183(1)
Munnich
183(1)
Ekeblad
183(1)
Horn
184(1)
Marlborough
184(1)
Byng
184(1)
Buddenbrock
185(1)
Klingspor
185(1)
The coronations of kings
185(1)
Judges 1: 6, 7: Judah defeated
185(1)
Judges 9: 52--57: Abimelech
186(1)
Emperors
186(1)
Caesar
187(1)
The emperor justinian
188(1)
Birger
188(1)
King Gustavus
189(1)
Daniel 5: 1: King Belshazzar
189(1)
Adolf Frederick, king of Sweden
189(1)
Ziegler
190(1)
The Stuarts
190(1)
Louis XIV, the great
190(1)
Peter I, emperor of the Russians
191(1)
Elizabeth
191(1)
Russians
192(1)
The king of Prussia
193(1)
The Churches
194(11)
Catholicism
195(1)
In Lisbon
196(1)
Damiens
197(1)
Lord lieutenant Lillienberg
197(1)
The authorized copper mines
197(1)
Controller
197(1)
Melander
198(1)
Mathesius
198(1)
Ullen
199(1)
Annerstedt
199(1)
Florinus
200(1)
Malung and Kvikkjokk
201(1)
Muræus
201(1)
Boethius
202(1)
Kihlmark
202(1)
Fahlander
203(1)
Serenius
203(1)
Benzelia
204(1)
Live Irreproachably
205(11)
Live irreproachably
206(1)
Though you honour the age
206(1)
Naturalism
207(1)
Pride
207(2)
Beware of sins writ large
209(1)
When fortune is granted
209(1)
Job 15: 8: Hast thou heard
209(1)
Klingspor
210(1)
Kierman
210(2)
Buskagrius
212(1)
Sinclair
212(1)
To be king is not to fear
212(1)
Gladness
213(1)
When I contemplated revenge
213(1)
Genesis 50: 19: Fear not
214(1)
O for the grace
214(2)
The Judgement of God
216(19)
O mighty Ruler
217(1)
Ecclesiastes 9: 2: There is one event
217(1)
Fate
217(1)
It is often a long time
217(1)
I have often wondered
218(1)
Boatman
219(1)
A Norwegian
219(1)
Fortune
220(1)
A rabbinical story
221(1)
Asp
221(1)
Nemesis Divina
222(1)
Psalms 119: 137: Righteous art thou
222(1)
Nemesis
223(1)
Gallus
224(1)
Joseph
224(1)
Virgil
225(1)
Be bold and valiant
225(1)
Blessing
226(1)
Raise me aloft
226(1)
I've built my house
226(1)
Genesis 50: 19: Fear not
226(1)
Thanks be to Thee
226(1)
The Correlation of the Text
227(8)
PART THREE: NOTES AND APPENDICES 235(204)
Notes
237(194)
Appendix A: The Manuscripts
431(3)
Appendix B: The Currency
434(1)
Appendix C: The Note on Man
435(3)
Appendix D: Of God
438(1)
Bibliography 439(24)
Index To The Text 463(16)
Index To The Introduction And Notes 479

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