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The Authenticity of Paracelsus’ Astronomia Magna and Brief an die Wittenberger Theologen: Towards a Diagnostic Rubric Clarifying Authentic and Spurious Elements in Paracelsus’ Oeuvre on the Basis of Theological Motifs (2020)

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The paper is an evaluation of differing opinions regarding the authenticity of two of Paracelsus’ works, the Astronomia Magna (1537/1538) and Brief an die Wittenberger Theologen (1525). Karl Sudhoff – the exceptionally erudite and prolific Paracelsus scholar and editor – considered Paracelsus’ letter to Luther and the Wittenberg theologians to be spurious. Others have questioned the extent to which the Astronomia Magna (often considered to be Paracelsus’ Meisterstück) should be placed among the genuine texts of the Paracelsian corpus. Based on historical and conceptual data, and focusing on Paracelsus’ theology, the author argues that both works under consideration are authentic. The study thus highlights the need to develop a diagnostic rubric for evaluating the authenticity of works in the Paracelsian oeuvre and suggests ideas toward this end on the basis of theological motifs prevalent within Paracelsus’ clearly authentic works.

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Authors & Contributors
Kahn, Didier
Hirai, Hiro
Gunnoe, Charles D., Jr.
Carpi, Alberto Pio da
Forner, F.
Williams, Gerhild Scholz
Journals
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Nova Acta Paracelsica: Jahrbuch der Schweizerischen Paracelsus-Gesellschaft
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Publishers
Brill
Olschki
Truman State University Press
de Gruyter
Franz Steiner Verlag
Luni Editrice
Concepts
Theology
Alchemy
Primary literature (historical sources)
Medicine
Astrology
Cosmology
People
Paracelsus, Theophrast von Hohenheim
Pseudo-Paracelsus
Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni
Carpi, Alberto Pio da
Erasmus, Desiderius
Arndt, Johann
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
15th century
Medieval
14th century
Gupta Empire (Early 4th century CE to late 6th century CE)
Places
Europe
Italy
France
Germany
India
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