Article ID: CBB245646731

Sebastiano Bartoli on Life and the Soul (2017)

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This essay analyses Sebastiano Bartoli's views on the principle of life and the human soul, pointing out the conceptual background in Joan Baptista van Helmont's thought, sketching Bartoli's career in outline, and presenting an analytical discussion of his main physiological and psychological ideas in the "Exercitationes paradoxicae." In alternative to the traditional doctrines on the origin of life and the seat of the soul, he argued that (sensitive) life cannot be reduced to heat, temperaments, or a heap of atoms, but that it depends on a vital, 'spiritual' principle, the archeus or sensitive soul, which is essentially light, positioned in the geometrical center of the body.

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Authors & Contributors
Conforti, Maria
García Valverde, José Manuel
Baldassarri, Fabrizio
Ragland, Evan R.
Ducheyne, Steffen
Zanier, Giancarlo
Journals
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
Publishers
Edizioni ETS
Olschki
Aracne
University of South Florida
Concepts
Medicine
Natural philosophy
Anatomy
Physiology
Philosophy
Soul (philosophy)
People
Descartes, René
Helmont, Jan Baptista van
Harvey, William
Campanella, Tommaso
Cardano, Girolamo
Galen
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
18th century
Renaissance
14th century
Medieval
Places
Italy
Europe
Germany
France
Spain
Naples (Italy)
Institutions
Accademia del Cimento, Florence
Experimentalists
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