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Gichtelians
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The Gichtelians trace their theosophical and pansophical ideas back to Johann Georg Gichtel (1638–1710) (Theosophy, Pansophism), who drew in turn on the ideas, especially the three-principles theory, of Paracelsus (1493/1494–1541) and the Görlitz mystic Jakob Böhme (1575–1624) (see Mysticism). Gichtel published the first complete edition of Böhme’s works in Amsterdam in 1682 (Behmenism).

Born in Regensburg in 1638, Gichtel became a lawyer, but he was banished from his home town because of his polemic against the church; from 1668 until his dea…

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Seidel, J. Jürgen, “Gichtelians”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_020250>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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