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Introduction

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke

in The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195320992
eISBN:
9780199852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320992.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the history of Western esotericism. This book offers an overview of the main movements, currents, and figures of these ... More


Alchemy, Paracelsus, and German Naturphilosophie

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke

in The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195320992
eISBN:
9780199852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320992.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines the works of Paracelsus on alchemy and German Naturphilosophie and its relation to the history of Western esotericism. It suggests that alchemy played a large part in ... More


Rosicrucianism

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke

in The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195320992
eISBN:
9780199852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320992.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines the influence of Rosicrucianism on the history of Western esotericism. During the early part of the 17th century, the original Rosicrucian manifestos attracted widespread ... More


The Change in the Philosophical Situation Brought about by the Reformation: Paracelsus’s New Natural Philosophy and the “No” in Jakob Böhme’s God

Vittorio Hösle

in A Short History of German Philosophy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691167190
eISBN:
9781400883042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691167190.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter examines the thoughts of natural philosopher Theophrastus Bombastus of Hohenheim, called Paracelsus (1493–1541), and Jakob Böhme (1575–1624). Like most of the innovative ideas of the ... More


Health and Order in the Human Body

Deborah Boyle

in The Well-Ordered Universe: The Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190234805
eISBN:
9780190234829
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190234805.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, General

While Cavendish wrote a great deal about medicine, surprisingly little attention has been paid to this aspect of Cavendish’s thought. This chapter shows how focusing on the themes of peace and order ... More


Aristotelian Corpuscular Theory and Andreas Libavius

in Atoms and Alchemy: Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226576961
eISBN:
9780226577036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226577036.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In the early seventeenth century, Paracelsus's term spagyria—which originally emphasized analysis or Scheidung over synthesis—was subjected to linguistic analysis by the fiery polemicist Andreas ... More


The Homunculus and the Mandrake: Art Aiding Nature versus Art Faking Nature

William R. Newman

in Genesis Redux: Essays in the History and Philosophy of Artificial Life

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226720807
eISBN:
9780226720838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226720838.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter explores a tradition of chemical rather than mechanical attempts to create life artificially. It determines a more general objection on the part of alchemists to the procedures of visual ... More


The Alchemist in Literature: From Dante to the Present

Theodore Ziolkowski

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198746836
eISBN:
9780191809187
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746836.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This book traces the figure of the alchemist in Western literature from its first appearance in Dante down to the present. From the beginning alchemy has had two aspects: exoteric or operative (the ... More


Translatio: St. Vitus’s Dance, Demonism, and the Early Modern

Kélina Gotman

in Choreomania: Dance and Disorder

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190840419
eISBN:
9780190840457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190840419.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Dance

Renegade physician Paracelsus compared St. John’s Day dances to earthquakes, epileptic tremors, and tics. This ecosophical and vitalist concept, according to which all sorts of bodies echo one ... More


‘Every Where Environ’d, and Incessantly Touch’d’: Natural Philosophies of Feeling in Seventeenth-Century England

Joe Moshenska

in Feeling Pleasures: The Sense of Touch in Renaissance England

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780198712947
eISBN:
9780191781377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712947.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter begins with the correspondence between Henry More and Descartes concerning the tangibility of matter and of God. It then turns to Lucretius’s account of experiences of touch below the ... More


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