Article ID: CBB937658561

Magic, Science and Morality in Renaissance Humanist Medicine and Psychiatry (2018)

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This work focuses on the Neoplatonist and magical-hermetic influences on the non-linear and complex pathway which led scientific psychiatry’s philosophy and practice towards their mature developments, throughout an excursus from Cardano and Fracastoro, passing by the breaking point represented by Paracelsus, to Van Helmont, Weyer and Vives. The emphasis is on the fruitful and not-contradictory link between magical and empirical world’s vision and the beginning of some innovative good practices, during the Renaissance era, for a modern and ethical conception of Psychiatry. That’s why, we will see how Renaissance scientific development, often inspired by Neoplatonist and hermetic philosophy, has allowed the development of a modern conception of the mental patients’ conditions and of the special care, both pharmacological and moral, that they need.

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Authors & Contributors
Porto, Paulo Alves
Hirai, Hiroshi
Lehmann, Hartmut
Trepp, Anne-Charlott
Ball, Philip
García Valverde, José Manuel
Journals
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
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
Medical History
Publishers
SISMEL edizioni del Galluzzo
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Heinemann
de Gruyter
Edizioni ETS
Città del Silenzio
Concepts
Natural magic
Hermeticism
Alchemy
Neoplatonism
Medicine
Natural philosophy
People
Paracelsus, Theophrast von Hohenheim
Helmont, Jan Baptista van
Cardano, Girolamo
Galen
Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni
Du Chesne, Joseph
Time Periods
Renaissance
16th century
17th century
Early modern
Medieval
18th century
Places
Europe
Italy
England
Belgium
France
Venice (Italy)
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