Article ID: CBB138871841

Hippocrate empiriste? Un idolum entre philosophie et praxis médicale (Du régime, I, 4) (2020)


This paper offers a reconstruction of the fortuna of a Hippocratic formula that has been conspicuously misunderstood since the sixteenth century by physicians and philosophers. For several centuries, and despite the increasing care with which translators and editors have examined classical texts and their circulation, the quote in question by Hippocrates has been expounded as a sentence advocating the primacy of sensory experience as a means of knowledge. This article aims to highlight the philological, cultural, and epistemic circumstances that produced and reinforced this misunderstanding, which persisted until the nineteenth century.

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Authors & Contributors
Melehy, Hassan
Floyd-Wilson, Mary
Barbour, Reid
Matchinske, Megan
Siraisi, Nancy G.
López Pérez, Miguel
Seventeenth Century
Historical Journal
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Medical History
Micrologus: Nature, Sciences and Medieval Societies
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Edinburgh University Press
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Toronto
Senses and sensation; perception
Experience; witness
Medicine and society
Hippocratic medicine
Hippocrates of Cos
Paracelsus, Theophrast von Hohenheim
Locke, John
Descartes, René
Fludd, Robert
Bright, Timothie
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
18th century
19th century
Early modern
Great Britain
Ottoman Empire
Leiden (Netherlands)
Universiteit Leiden

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