By Georgiana D. Hedesan
History of technological know-how credit the Flemish health care professional, alchemist and thinker Jan Baptist Van Helmont (1579-1644) for his contributions to the advance of chemistry and drugs. but, as this publication makes transparent, focussing on Van Helmont's influence on smooth technological know-how doesn't do justice to the complexity of his proposal 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 provide a post-Scholastic synthesis of faith and average 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 dying via his son, the paintings can most sensible be understood as a compilation of complete and unfinished treatises, the old fabricated from a existence unsettled through non secular persecution and private misfortune. the current e-book offers a coherent account of Van Helmont's philosophy by means of analysing its major tenets.
Divided into elements, the research opens with a heritage to Van Helmont's notion of an alchemical Christian philosophy, demonstrating that his outlook used to be deeply grounded within the culture of scientific alchemy as reformed through Theophrastus von Hohenheim, known as Paracelsus (1493-1541). It then reconstitutes Van Helmont's biography, whereas giving a ancient measurement 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 advance of Van Helmont's suggestion all through his existence. the realization sums up Van Helmont's highbrow fulfillment 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