Paracelsus: Selected Writings / Edition 2

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Overview

The enigmatic sixteenth-century Swiss physician and natural philosopher Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, called Paracelsus, is known for the almost superhuman energy with which he produced his innumerable writings, for his remarkable achievements in the development of science, and for his reputation as a visionary (not to mention sorcerer) and alchemist. Little is known of his biography beyond his legendary achievements, and the details of his life have been filled in over the centuries by his admirers. This richly illustrated anthology presents in modernized language a selection of the moral thought of a man who was not only a self-willed genius charged with the dynamism of an impetuous and turbulent age but also in many ways a humble seeker after truth, who deeply influenced C. G. Jung and his followers.

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Editorial Reviews

The Times Literary Supplement
The importance of Paracelsus lies in the link which he provides between medieval and scientific thought. Believing in and practicing alchemy, magic, astrology and various divinatory techniques, he was also 'the first modern scientist,' and the 'precursor of microchemistry, antisepsis, modern wound surgery, homeopathy and a number of ultra-modern achievements.' In this readable anthology a full picture of the man and his thought is presented. . . in the form of a cleverly constructed mosaic of direct quotations from the fifteen volumes of his collected works.
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"The importance of Paracelsus lies in the link which he provides between medieval and scientific thought. Believing in and practicing alchemy, magic, astrology and various divinatory techniques, he was also 'the first modern scientist,' and the 'precursor of microchemistry, antisepsis, modern wound surgery, homeopathy and a number of ultra-modern achievements.' In this readable anthology a full picture of the man and his thought is presented. . . in the form of a cleverly constructed mosaic of direct quotations from the fifteen volumes of his collected works."--The Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691018768
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/1995
  • Series: Bollingen Series (General) Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword to the English Edition
Preface
Note on the Section Ornaments
Paracelsus: His Life and His Work
Credo 3
I Man and the Created World 11
II Man and His Body 47
III Man and Works 99
IV Man and Ethics 157
V Man and Spirit 179
VI Man and Fate 201
VII God, the Eternal Light 227
Key to Sources 235
Glossary 245
Bibliography 267
Indexes 281
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