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Single Idea 7666

[catalogued under 28. God / A. Divine Nature / 2. Divine Nature]

Full Idea

Hamann's fundamental doctrine was that God was not a geometer, not a mathematician, but a poet.

Gist of Idea

God is not a mathematician, but a poet


report of J.G. Hamann (works [1770]) by Isaiah Berlin - The Roots of Romanticism Ch.3

Book Reference

Berlin,Isaiah: 'The Roots of Romanticism' [Pimlico 2000], p.48

A Reaction

[This idea is wonderfully expressed by D.H.Lawrence in his poem 'Red Geranium and Godly Mignonette]. The idea becomes attractive when you ask whether God would need to do mathematics.