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 excited by 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 kinfolk among Medicina and alchemy within the Lullian treatises have been tested within the starting paper by way of Michela Pereira, in line with researches on unpublished manuscript resources within the interval among the 14th and seventeenth centuries. it really is a number of a long time because the researches of R.F. Multhauf gave a in demand function to Johannes de Rupescissa in linking drugs and alchemy throughout the notion of a quinta essentia. Michela Pereira explores the importance of the Lullian culture during this improvement and attracts consciousness to the truth that the early Paracelsians had themselves famous a kin resemblance among the works of Paracelsus and Roger Bacon's scientia experimentalis and, certainly, a continuity with the Lullian tradition.

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68 An analogy is easily made here with psychoanalysis, which has itself acknowledged its elective affinities with alchemy. In psychoanalysis the theme of retracting the symbol to its meaning, of passing from the manifest to the latent - a laborious process which requires continual repetition since every sign always leads to yet another - is comparable with the no less alchemical approach of the individual transformation that is achieved by this means. 69 In seventeenth-century philosophy the insistence on the symbolic aspect of knowledge, which goes hand in hand with its characterization as the dialectical exchange of visible and invisible, sensible and non-sensible, is found precisely where the links with the alchemical and Paracelsian concept are evident in other respects as well.

So gibt diser vitriol am ersten sein selbst laxativum tiber aile laxativen und die hochste deoppilirung und leBt nit ein glid im menschen innen und auBen, das nit versucht wird von ime; nun aber das ist sein erste zeit, die ander gibt sein constrictivum. so fast er im anfang seiner ersten zeit hat laxirt, hinwider so fast constringirt er. nun aber noch ist sein arcanum nit da, noch sind seine sprosseln, frondes, flores noch nit angefangen. ". , pp.

In Bohme, whose relation to Paracelsus is immediately apparent, the visible and material world of nature becomes the signatura of God, the corporeal substratum in which the ineffable Ungrund of the Divinity had to become incarnate to realize and manifest Himself; the corporeal substratum makes Him known in that it is His sign. 73 Returning to Paracelsus, it would be difficult to minimize the importance From Alchemy to Paracelsus 29 of the theme of knowledge of the invisible through the visible, the internal through the external, in his works.

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