By Georgiana D. Hedesan
History of technology credit the Flemish healthcare professional, alchemist and thinker Jan Baptist Van Helmont (1579-1644) for his contributions to the advance of chemistry and medication. but, as this ebook makes transparent, focussing on Van Helmont's impression on glossy 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 provide 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 dying by means of his son, the paintings can top be understood as a compilation of comprehensive and unfinished treatises, the old fabricated from a lifestyles unsettled by means of non secular persecution and private misfortune. the current ebook offers a coherent account of Van Helmont's philosophy through analysing its major tenets.
Divided into components, the research opens with a historical past to Van Helmont's idea 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, referred to as Paracelsus (1493-1541). It then reconstitutes Van Helmont's biography, whereas giving a ancient 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 offers an account of the improvement of Van Helmont's notion all through his lifestyles. the realization 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