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Title Faith, medical alchemy, and natural philosophy : Johann Moriaen, Reformed intelligencer and the Hartlib circle / J.T. Young.
Imprint Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2018.


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Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge revivals
The history of medicine in context
Routledge revivals.
History of medicine in context.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Subject Moriaen, Johann.
Hartlib, Samuel, -1662 -- Friends and associates.
Hartlib, Samuel, -1662
Moriaen, Johann.
Alchemists -- Netherlands -- Biography.
Clergy -- Netherlands -- Biography.
Alchemy -- History -- 17th century.
Philosophy -- History -- 17th century.
Alchemy -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Genre Biographies.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; List of Abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Dedication; Foreword; Table of Contents; Part One: Johann Moriaen: A Biographical Sketch; Chapter One: Servant of the Church; Origins and Upbringing; Under the Cross; Mystics and Utopists; Wanderjahre; Chapter Two: Servant of God; In a Free Country; Moriaen and the Jews; Technological Exchanges; The Godly Entrepreneur; Chapter Three: An Intelligencer's Ethos; Public and Private; 'Without Partialitie': The Irenic Ideal; Part Two: Universal Wisdom
Chapter Four: Panaceas of the Soul: Comenius and the Dream of Universal KnowledgeOrigins of the Pansophic Project; The Notion of Pansophy: Beyond Bacon and Alsted; 'To Leave No Problem Unsolved': The New Mathematics as a Model for Pansophy; The Collection in the Netherlands; Comenius's Visits to England and the Netherlands; Chapter Five: Curing Creation: Alchemy and Spirituality; 'Ora et Labora': 'Pray and Labour'; Chemistry versus Alchemy; The Key to Creation; Chapter Six: Universal Medicines: Johann Rudolph Glauber and his Reception in England
'Paracelsus of the Seventeenth Century' or German Robert Boyle'?Heyday in the Netherlands; Flight into Germany; Last Years in Amsterdam; Glauber's Reception in the Hartlib Circle; Chapter Seven: The Dawn of Wisdom; Benjamin Worsley's Alchemical Mission to the Netherlands; Moriaen and the 'Great Work; The Gate of Things; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index
Summary Published in 1998, this is a fundamental re-assessment of the world-view of the alchemists, natural philosophers and intelligencers of the mid 17th century. Based almost entirely upon the extensive and hitherto little-researched manuscript archive of Samuel Hartlib, it charts and contextualises the personal and intellectual history of Johann Moriaen (c.1592-1668), a Dutch-German alchemist and natural philosopher. Moriaen was closely acquainted with many of the leading thinkers and experimenters of his time, including Renae Descartes, J.A. Comenius, J.R. Glauber and J.S. KaAffler. His detailed reports of relations with these figures and his response to their work provide a uniquely informed insight into the world of alchemy and natural philosophy. This study also illuminates the nature and mechanisms of intellectual and technological exchanges between Germany, The Netherlands and England.