By Georgiana D. Hedesan
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 publication makes transparent, focussing on Van Helmont's impression on smooth technological know-how doesn't do justice to the complexity of his idea 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 traditional 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 loss of life by means of his son, the paintings can top be understood as a compilation of accomplished and unfinished treatises, the historic made from a existence unsettled via spiritual persecution and private misfortune. the current publication offers a coherent account of Van Helmont's philosophy by means of analysing its major tenets.
Divided into components, the learn opens with a history to Van Helmont's suggestion of an alchemical Christian philosophy, demonstrating that his outlook was once deeply grounded within the culture of clinical alchemy as reformed through Theophrastus von Hohenheim, referred to as Paracelsus (1493-1541). It then reconstitutes Van Helmont's biography, whereas giving a historic 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 inspiration all through his existence. the belief sums up Van Helmont's highbrow success and highlights avenues of destiny research.
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An Alchemical Quest for Universal Knowledge: The ‘Christian Philosophy’ of Jan Baptist Van Helmont (1579-1644) (Universal Reform: Studies in Intellectual History, 1550-1700) by Georgiana D. Hedesan