By Antonio Clericuzio
In Elements, ideas and Particles, Antonio Clericuzio explores the relationships among chemistry and corpuscular philosophy within the age of the medical Revolution. technological know-how historians have appeared chemistry and corpuscular philosophy as certain traditions. Clericuzio's view is that because the starting of the seventeenth century atomism and chemistry have been strictly hooked up. this is often attested by means of Daniel Sennert and through many hitherto little-known French and English average philosophers. they generally mixed a corpuscular thought of subject with Paracelsian chemical (and scientific) doctrines. Boyle performs a significant half within the current booklet: Clericuzio redefines Boyle's chemical perspectives, by means of exhibiting that Boyle didn't subordinate chemistry to the rules of mechanical philosophy. whilst Boyle defined chemical phenomena, he had recourse to corpuscles endowed with chemical, now not mechanical, houses. the mix of chemistry and corpuscular philosophy was once followed by way of a couple of chemists energetic within the final a long time of the seventeenth century, either in England and at the Continent.
utilizing plenty of basic assets, the writer demanding situations the traditional view of the corpuscular thought of subject as exact with the mechanical philosophy. He issues out that varied types of the corpuscular philosophy flourished within the seventeenth century. such a lot of them weren't in line with the mechanical thought, i.e. at the view that topic is inert and has simply mechanical homes. through the seventeenth century, lively ideas, in addition to chemical houses, are attributed to corpuscles. Given its huge assurance, the e-book is an important contribution to either heritage of technological know-how and background of philosophy.
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Libavius, Alchym ia triumphans (Frankfurt, 1607), pp. 150-161. CHAPTER 22 I gold dissolved in aqua regia; 2. the synthesis and analysis of vitriol; 3. fermentation. 1. Sala 's reductio ad pristinum statum is based on the Aristotelian distinction between the true homogenous compound, produced by substantial changes - which Sala called transmutations - and the simple juxtaposition of parts . Sala's example of reductio is when gold is dissolved in aqua regia. The particles of gold disappear, but remain unchanged and can be recovered, for instance, by means of a piece of silver.
See also Jean Riolan (the elder) Ad Libavii Maniam .. (Paris, 1606), pp. 13-17. On Libavius see O. T. P. ), Paracelsus: the Man and his Reputation (Leiden, 1998), pp 135-49. 55 A. Libavius, Alchym ia triumphans (Frankfurt, 1607), pp. 150-161. CHAPTER 22 I gold dissolved in aqua regia; 2. the synthesis and analysis of vitriol; 3. fermentation. 1. Sala 's reductio ad pristinum statum is based on the Aristotelian distinction between the true homogenous compound, produced by substantial changes - which Sala called transmutations - and the simple juxtaposition of parts .
1), p. 177. 12 D'Espagnet (n. 8), pp. 122-4. , pp. 44-5 ; 119-20. ATOMISM IN FRANCE 39 heavily to the universal spirit. Yet, unlike d'Espagnet's Enchiridion, the Traittez does not contain corpuscular views. The world, for Nuysement, is a living body, having soul and spirit. " Similarly, Henry de Rochas makes the universal spirit the centre of his natural philosophy. Matter being passive, the principle of activity is deemed to be the spirit of the world. De Rochas's views of the constituents of bodies are close to those of the Paracelsians, as he unambiguously rejects the Aristotelian elements and adopts the spagyrical principles.
Elements, Principles and Corpuscles: A Study of Atomism and Chemistry in the Seventeenth Century by Antonio Clericuzio