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Paracelsus, the Plague, and De Pestilitate (2020)


While De Pestilitate is generally regarded as pseudepigraphic by modern scholarship, the treatise occupied a prominent place in Johann Huser’s definitive edition of Paracelsus’ Bücher und Schrifften (1589-1591). The text offers a compelling and generally reliable guide to Paracelsian plague theory with clear resemblances to the authentic Zwey Bücher von der Pestilentz und ihren zufällen and De Peste Libri tres. The text emphasizes the astrological transmission of the disease, describes a large role for divine retribution and demonological agency, and promotes the utility of folkloric cures. While the plague theory reflects Paracelsus’ own thought and is well synthesized with his tria prima chemical philosophy, there are sufficient dissonances between the text and the corpus of his accepted writings to maintain its pseudepigraphic status, even if it displays some indications of a reworking of genuine Paracelsica.

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Article Didier Kahn; Hiro Hirai (2020) Introduction Pseudo-Paracelsus: Forgery and Early Modern Alchemy, Medicine and Natural Philosophy. Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period (pp. 415-418). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Hirai, Hiro
Kahn, Didier
Beltran, Maria Helena Roxo
Harley, David N.
Telle, Joachim
Kühlmann, Wilhelm
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
化学史研究 [Kagakushi kenkyū; Journal of the Japanese Society for the History of Chemistry]
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Foundations of Chemistry
Max Niemeyer Verlag
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
CNRS Éditions
Iatrophysical school
Matter theory
Paracelsus, Theophrast von Hohenheim
Bostok, Rychard
Dee, John
Palissy, Bernard
Agricola, Georgius
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
18th century
Early modern
15th century
Great Britain

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