Article ID: CBB052727305

Ancient harmony for a new order. Mesmerism, music and Timaeus of Locri (2023)

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Amparo Fontaine (Author)


Laboratorio dell'ISPF
Volume: 20
Pages: 1-25
Publication date: 2023
Language: English


This essay traces the cosmological and musical background of Franz Anton Mesmer’s theory of animal magnetism to the ancient cosmology of Timaeus of Locri, Plato’s alleged source for his Timaeus. In the 1760s, two French translations and comments of this source were produced by the Marquis d’Argens and Charles Batteux. The essay explores this relationship in two aspects of Mesmer’s theory. Firstly, the conception of the magnetic fluid as a blend between the metaphysical idea of the “soul of the world” and the imponderable fluids in physics. Secondly, the harmonic cosmos presented in Mesmer’s Théorie du monde et des êtres organisés (1784), which links the origins of the universe with the physical body, and results in a moral and ideal social order.

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Authors & Contributors
Crabtree, Adam
Schaffer, Simon
Bauer, Eberhard
Bauer, Katrin
Belhoste, Bruno
Cummings, Johanna Mari
Journals
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Acta Baltica historiae et philosophiae scientiarum
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
History of Psychology
Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society
Journal of the History of Ideas
Publishers
University of New Mexico
Johns Hopkins University Press
Meltemi
Musica Arcana
Routledge
Swedenborg Foundation
Concepts
Mesmerism
Music
Cosmology
Medicine
Science and society
Psychology
People
Mesmer, Franz Anton
Puységur, Armand Marie-Jacques de Chastenet, Marquis de
Franklin, Benjamin
Mozart, Wolfang Amadeus
Beethoven, Ludwig von
Fludd, Robert
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
17th century
20th century
Enlightenment
Renaissance
Places
Europe
France
Hungary
United States
Haiti (Caribbean)
Institutions
Société Royale de Médecine
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