Hoene-Wronski, Jozef Maria (1776–1853)
Polish mathematician and inventor who developed a philosophy
of messianism, derived from the Kabala and Gnosticism.
He claimed to have discovered ‘‘the secret of the Absolute,’’
which he revealed for 150,000 francs to Pierre Arson, a businessman
who agreed to publish Hoene-Wronski’s messianic
works. When Arson backed out of the deal, Hoene-Wronski declared
him to be the beast of the Apocalypse and published a
pamphlet with the immortal title Yes or No—that is to say, have
you or have you not, yes or no, purchased from me for 150,000 francs
my discovery of the Absolute Not surprisingly, Hoene-Wronski
lost his court battle to obtain the remainder of the money, but
the unfortunate Arson had already expended some 40,000
francs on the works of Hoene-Wronski.
About 1850 Hoene-Wronski became the occult teacher of
Alphonse Louis Constant, who later wrote many books on the
occult under the pseudonym Éliphas Lévi.
Sources
Hoene-Wronski, Jozef Maria. Hoene-Wronski Une philosopie
de la creation. Paris Seghers, 1970.