By Georgiana D. Hedesan

History of technological know-how credit the Flemish healthcare professional, alchemist and thinker Jan Baptist Van Helmont (1579-1644) for his contributions to the improvement of chemistry and medication. but, as this e-book makes transparent, focussing on Van Helmont's influence on smooth technological know-how doesn't do justice to the complexity of his idea 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 supply a post-Scholastic synthesis of faith and traditional 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 demise by means of his son, the paintings can top be understood as a compilation of accomplished and unfinished treatises, the historic fabricated from a lifestyles unsettled via non secular persecution and private misfortune. the current booklet presents a coherent account of Van Helmont's philosophy by way of analysing its major tenets.

Divided into components, the research opens with a heritage to Van Helmont's thought of an alchemical Christian philosophy, demonstrating that his outlook used to be deeply grounded within the culture of clinical alchemy as reformed by way of 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 improvement of Van Helmont's concept all through his lifestyles. the belief sums up Van Helmont's highbrow fulfillment and highlights avenues of destiny research.

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