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the rise of pan-Scandinavian sentiments, Scandinavism.28 As a result of the emerging Scandinavism, one could expect a livelier and swifter flow of philosophical thoughts between the Nordic countries than was the actual case, for in literature, law, science, and Scandinavism and so on the intellectual exchange between the Nordic countries was vivid and swift.29 The differences in the strength and vivacity of the cultural exchange in the philosophical domain can probably be attributed to the very nationalistic characteristics - Swedish-nationalistic characteristics - of Boström’s philosophy, for instance, Boström’s analysis of the constitutional structure of Sweden concluding that the only rational formof representation of the people was the Swedish Diet of the Four Estates,as it was beforemanufacturers and industrialists were incorporated into the estate of the burghers.30 This is a characterization and definition of the proper principles of grouping the Swedish Diet (Riksdag) not only precluding minor parliamentary reforms in Sweden, but also indirectly prescribing the proper form of representation for any other country as well.The Swedish-nationalistic conservatismof Boström’s philosophy could not possibly have been a palatable philosophy of state in any other sovereign nation, such as Denmark,or any nation striving towards full sovereignty, such as Norway, or any nation under foreign dominance, such as Finland. As far as Professor Boström saw it, his conclusion expressed neither his own personal political standpoints and valuations nor historical facts; it was simply a conclusion derived with absolute necessity from the absolute validity of idea of the state itself. In other words, Boström’s philosophy did not primarily constitute a political program, but a philosophical truth, which must have made its political conclusions even less agreeable outside Sweden. a ca l l f o r s c i e n t i f i c p u r i t y 43 28 Frängsmyr, Svensk idéhistoria 2, pp. 63-66. 29 With respect to law and legal science see Björne, Den nordiska rättsvetenskapens historia. Brytningstiden: 1815-1870, vol. 2, pp. 9-30. 30 Boström, “Boström, Christopher Jacob,” p. 383.