Alchemy and Chemistry in the 16th and 17th Centuries by Michela Pereira (auth.), Piyo Rattansi, Antonio Clericuzio

By Michela Pereira (auth.), Piyo Rattansi, Antonio Clericuzio (eds.)

The current quantity owes its ongm to a Colloquium on "Alchemy and Chemistry within the 16th and 17th Centuries", held on the Warburg Institute on twenty sixth and twenty seventh July 1989. The Colloquium interested in a couple of chosen subject matters in the course of a heavily outlined chronological period: at the relation of alchemy and chemistry to medication, philosophy, faith, and to the corpuscular philosophy, within the 16th and 17th centuries. The family among Medicina and alchemy within the Lullian treatises have been tested within the commencing paper by way of Michela Pereira, in line with researches on unpublished manuscript resources within the interval among the 14th and seventeenth centuries. it truly is numerous many years because the researches of R.F. Multhauf gave a in demand position to Johannes de Rupescissa in linking medication and alchemy in the course of the proposal of a quinta essentia. Michela Pereira explores the importance of the Lullian culture during this improvement and attracts realization to the truth that the early Paracelsians had themselves famous a kinfolk resemblance among the works of Paracelsus and Roger Bacon's scientia experimentalis and, certainly, a continuity with the Lullian tradition.

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Bianchi intentions, then it is also legitimate to say that the obscurity of motive in the alchemist's laborious work, when studied in the canonical texts of medieval alchemy, give way in Paracelsus to a clearer and more accessible meaning for modem consciousness. In fact the alchemist's work becomes the very same laborious procedure followed by anyone, in any domain, who conceives of the goal of knowledge as constituted by what is both masked and revealed by the object of immediate perception, that is, by anyone who pursues knowledge through the interpretation of signs.

See, for example, Opus paramirum, W I, 9, p. 177: "aile ding sollent mit reehtem natiirlichem grunt einander naehgon und gefiirt werden und nit unserem wenen, meinen etc. heimgesezt sonder dem grunt, also das in dem wege besehen werde das unsichtbar, als so es sichtbar wiird"; Von den unsichtbaren Krankheiten, W I, 9, pp. 252, 253: "aus welchem liecht der natur ich weiter fiirfar, das sieh von sichtbarn streekt in das unsichtbar und gleich so wunderbarlieh im selben als im siehtbarn. und das ich aber behalt das liecht der natur, so ist das unsichtbare sichtbar....

Von den naturlichen Biidern, W I, 2, p. 228: "auch die nachfolgenden exempel beweisent, das im anfang vor der scheidung tag und nacht ein ding gesein ist, sonn und mon ein ding, sumer und winter ein ding, die metallen all in eim corpus gestanden, aile fructus in einem samen, aile generationes dergleichen". Philosophia ad Athenienses, W I, 13, p. 390: "Aller geschaffnen dingen, die da in zergenglichem wesen stehen, ist gewesen ein einiger anfang, in welchem beschlossen gewesen ist alles geschopf, so zwischen den etheren eingefangen und begriffen sein.

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