Paracelsus and his followers under investigation: an early modern European workshop of alchemical, cosmological and philosophical forgeries

Participants :

Dane T. Daniel, Urs Leo Gantenbein, Charles D. Gunnoe, Hiro Hirai (co-organiser), Pia Holenstein Weidmann, Didier Kahn (organiser), Matti Leprêtre, Elisabeth Moreau, Amadeo Murase, William R. Newman, Tara E. Nummedal, Julian Paulus, Kathrin Pfister, Jennifer Rampling, Andrew Sparling, Charles Andrew Weeks, Martin Žemla

Paracelsus and his followers under investigation: an early modern European workshop of alchemical, cosmological and philosophical forgeries
by Didier Kahn and Hiro Hirai
22 – 27 April, 2019

Summary
This workshop was part of a research project launched in 2016, focused on the treatises of philosophy, theology, medicine, alchemy and magic falsely attributed to Paracelsus in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. The participants were specialists of history, German, history of science, medicine, religion, as well as a student in anthropology. The workshop was about sharing important results recently attained and discussing new problems of methodology, textual chronology and textual interpretation too complex to be dealt with by one single researcher. We have been able not only to define the outlines and the scale of our corpus of forgeries (a corpus hitherto disregarded in past scholarship), but even to improve our knowledge of the authentic work of Paracelsus (which was another of our purposes). We have gained new, valuable insights on various aspects of Paracelsus’s ideas or those of his followers and imitators such as the status of the Virgin Mary, the Creation of the world, the transmutation of metals, matter theory, the origins of plague, the status and uses of carved figures, characters and voodoo-like dolls. Key texts have been subjected to general discussion. All in all, this highly stimulating workshop is a perfect illustration of how collective research can work effectively. Its lasting effects will be obvious within a few years. Key words: Paracelsus, pseudepigraphy, authenticity, philosophy, theology, history of science.

Key words: Paracelsus, pseudepigraphy, authenticity, philosophy, theology, history of science

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Dane T. Daniel Urs Leo Gantenbein Charles D. Gunnoe Hiro Hirai Pia Holenstein Didier Kahn Matti Leprêtre Elisabeth Moreau Amadeo Murase William R. Newman Tara Nummedal Julian Paulus Kathrin Pfister Jennifer Rampling Andrew Sparling Charles Andrew Weeks Martin Žemla Paracelse et les apocryphes pseudo-paracelsiens : enquête sur un atelier européen de fabrication de faux - Paracelsus and his followers under investigation: an early modern European workshop of alchemical, cosmological and philosophical forgeries - Fondation des Treilles
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