An Alchemical Quest for Universal Knowledge: The ‘Christian by Georgiana D. Hedesan PDF

By Georgiana D. Hedesan

ISBN-10: 147246916X

ISBN-13: 9781472469168

History of technological know-how credit the Flemish surgeon, alchemist and thinker Jan Baptist Van Helmont (1579-1644) for his contributions to the advance of chemistry and medication. but, as this booklet makes transparent, focussing on Van Helmont's influence on smooth technology doesn't do justice to the complexity of his suggestion or to his effect on successive generations of intellectuals like Robert Boyle or Gottfried Leibniz.

Revealing Van Helmont as an unique philosopher who sought to supply a post-Scholastic synthesis of faith and ordinary philosophy, Georgiana Hedesan reconstructs his formidable quest for common wisdom because it emerges from the textual content of the Ortus medicinae (1648). released after Van Helmont's demise by means of his son, the paintings can most sensible be understood as a compilation of accomplished and unfinished treatises, the ancient manufactured from a lifestyles unsettled via spiritual persecution and private misfortune. the current booklet offers a coherent account of Van Helmont's philosophy by way of analysing its major tenets.

Divided into elements, the research opens with a history to Van Helmont's suggestion of an alchemical Christian philosophy, demonstrating that his outlook used to be deeply grounded within the culture of clinical alchemy as reformed via Theophrastus von Hohenheim, known as Paracelsus (1493-1541). It then reconstitutes Van Helmont's biography, whereas giving a old size to his highbrow output. the second one half reconstructs Van Helmont's Christian philosophy, investigating his perspectives on God, nature and guy, in addition to his utilized philosophy. Hedesan additionally presents an account of the improvement of Van Helmont's notion all through his lifestyles. the realization sums up Van Helmont's highbrow fulfillment and highlights avenues of destiny research.

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