Transforming matter, refining the spirit: Alchemy, music and experimental philosophy around 1600

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Abstract

Although tracing its origins back to antiquity, a distinctly new kind of alchemy emerged in mid-16th-century Europe. This new tradition developed out of the teachings of Paracelsus (1493-1541), a German medical practitioner who challenged the authority of university-trained physicians. He sought to establish a reformed kind of medicine based on first-hand experience of the natural world rather than dry scholastic texts. Alchemy was at the heart of this new medicine, a body of experimental practice and theory that not only held out the promise of improving the health of individuals but could also be applied to wider sicknesses of society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-157
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Review
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013

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