Johann Heinrich Alsted, professor of philosophy and theology at the Calvinist academy of Herborn, was a man of many facets. A deputy to the famous Synod of Dort and the greatest encyclopaedist of his age, he was also a pioneer of Calvinist millenarianism and a devoted student of astrology, alchemy, Lullism, and the works of Giordano Bruno. This intellectual biography opens up unexpected perspectives on the central European Reformed tradition as a whole and provides an invaluable introduction to many of the central ideas, individuals, and institutions in this neglected area of intellectual history.
Table of Contents
1. EDUCATION: THREE VARIETIES OF FURTHER REFORM, 1584-1610
2. PANACEA PHILOSOPHICA: THE YOUNG ALSTED'S PUBLIC PROGRAMME, 1610-20
3. CRISIS AND WITHDRAWAL: THE PROGRAMME UNDERMINED AND RETRACTED, 1612-25
4. OCCULT SYMPATHIES: THE PRIVATE WORLD OF THE MATURE ALSTED, 1614-38
5. APOCALYPTIC CHANGES: THE ORIGINS OF ALSTED'S MILLENARIANISM, 1619-27