This second tome treats the most dynamic period in the history of the Danish Hegel reception, namely, the years from 1837 to 1842. The main figure in this period is the theologian Hans Lassen Martensen who made Hegel's philosophy a sensation among the students at the University of Copenhagen in the late 1830s.
This period also includes the publication of Johan Ludwig Heiberg's Hegelian journal, Perseus, in 1837 and 1838, and the monumental review of it by Frederik Christian Sibbern. During this time Hegel's philosophy flourished in unlikely genres such as drama, with Heiberg's speculative comedy, Fata Morgana (1838), and lyric poetry with his New Poems (1841), which included his satirical classic, "A Soul after Death." This period also witnessed Hegel's philosophy make inroads in fields such as jurisprudence and art criticism. During these years Hegelianism enjoyed an unprecedented success in Denmark that began to fade as it gradually became perceived as a dangerous trend.