Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism

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Wronski, Jozef Maria Hoëné-

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Author(s): Mccalla, Arthur
Wronski, Jozef Maria Hoëné-, * 23 Aug 1776 (Wolsztyn (near Posnan, Poland)), † 8 Aug 1853 (Neuilly (France)) The mathematician-philosopher-messianist Wronski was the son of an architect who came to Poland from Bohemia and a Polish mother. He participated in the Kosciuszko uprising in 1794, then joined the Russian army, from which he retired in 1797 in order to study philosophy in Germany. In 1800 he went to France to recommence his military career with a Polish unit, but soon gave himself over to the philosophica…