Paracelsus Selected Writings

ISBN-10: 0691018766
ISBN-13: 9780691018768
Edition: 2nd 1951
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List price: $38.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1951
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/8/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.452

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.

Swiss physician, chemist, alchemist, and mystic, Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus spent his life traveling, healing, teaching, and writing. The son of a physician, he was attracted to the study of metallurgy, and his medical practice emphasized the use of chemical over herbal remedies. Paracelsus rejected the traditional medical authorities of Greek and Arabic science, such as Galen, Avicenna, and Celsus (his name can be interpreted to mean "beyond Celsus"). Instead, he steeped himself in the alchemical and Hermetic literature (the body of works attributed to the fabled Hermes Trismegistus), developing a full-blown philosophy grounded on the alchemical theory of the human as the microcosm, and of the identity of the humors with the essential chemical principles of nature. Paracelsus's teachings thus juxtapose originality and innovation with acceptance of arcane and occult beliefs and practices, a combination encountered in many Renaissance thinkers.

List of Illustrations
Foreword to the English Edition
Preface
Note on the Section Ornaments
Paracelsus: His Life and His Work
Credo
Man and the Created World
Man and His Body
Man and Works
Man and Ethics
Man and Spirit
Man and Fate
God, the Eternal Light
Key to Sources
Glossary
Bibliography
Indexes

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