Andreas Libavius and the Transformation of Alchemy: Separating Chemical Cultures with Polemical Fire, Volume 881353957

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Science History Publications/Watson Pub. International, Jan 1, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 344 pages
What lots of people called chymia in the early seventeenth century was a subject that the physician, alchemist, and school teacher Andreas Libavius believed needed sorting out. He called it an art without an art. To establish what sort of thing chymia was would require rebuilding its definitions from the theoretical and practical ground up while cutting back the forest of obscure language and private meaning in which it existed. Libavius took on the job, and in thousands of pages of toughly worded criticism ranging over alchemical, moral, medical, philosophical, and religious topics wielded a polemical blade to huge effect.

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Contents

of Language
11
Texts Enigmas
53
Structures of Practice and Communities
83
Scripture
105
Legal Disorder Testimony and the Sites
125
Libavius
163
What kind of vanity is that? Controversy
209
Vital Philosophy
225
The magisteria
251
Sorcery and an Uncertain Judgement
271
Alchemy Artisans and Personality in the History
291
Bibliography
303
Index
325
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Bruce T. Moran is professor of history at the Universi

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