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 fascinated with a few 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Lullian treatises have been tested within the starting paper by means of Michela Pereira, in response to researches on unpublished manuscript assets within the interval among the 14th and seventeenth centuries. it truly is numerous a long time because the researches of R.F. Multhauf gave a in demand function to Johannes de Rupescissa in linking medication and alchemy throughout the proposal of a quinta essentia. Michela Pereira explores the importance of the Lullian culture during this improvement and attracts awareness to the truth that the early Paracelsians had themselves famous a family members resemblance among the works of Paracelsus and Roger Bacon's scientia experimentalis and, certainly, a continuity with the Lullian tradition.
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84 If the external appearance of bodies is the sign and the signatura that allow one to retrace their internal therapeutic principles, it is then up to alchemy to expose their kernel by eliminating their corporeal clothing. In this view kunst signata and alchemy appear as two independent yet coordinated moments in natural inquiry: the first represents the prozej3 zu finden in the search for the therapeutic properties of substances, the second is the prozej3 zu scheiden, which ensures the doctor's effective possession of them.
L. Bianchi tivus: et est occultum tingitivum, aggregativum et revivificativum, quod rectificat et iIIuminat omnes mortuos, et surgere eos facit, postquam non fugit ab igne ejus caliditas et siccitas". See also Aristotles, De perfecto magisterio, TC 3, p. 78: "Ornnis etiam e1ementata res quatuor in se retinet qualitates activas et passivas, exterius sive interius, mollities sive duritiem, et horum medium, verbi gratia: Res si exterius est calida et humida, et mollis, interius est frigida et sicca et dura: quia ornnis rei manifestum suo contrarium occulto: scias, quia est multum secretum.
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. When considered from this standpoint alchemy appears related to every philosophical view that does not see the task of knowledge as ending with the passive reception of what is offered externally, but goes on to take this datum as the sign, symbol or cipher of something else, which must be arrived at by a more or less difficult path.
Alchemy and Chemistry in the 16th and 17th Centuries by Michela Pereira (auth.), Piyo Rattansi, Antonio Clericuzio (eds.)