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Jean Fernel's On the Hidden Causes of Things : Forms, Souls, and Occult Diseases in Renaissance Medicine.

Author: John M Forrester; Jon Henry
Publisher: Leiden : BRILL, 2004.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An annotated translation of Jean Fernel's On the Hidden Causes of Things (1542). A major innovatory work in Renaissance natural philosophy and medicine, and a crucially important source for understanding the notion of occult qualities, with a scholarly introduction.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Early works to 1800
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John M Forrester; Jon Henry
ISBN: 9781433705274 1433705273
OCLC Number: 437175278
Description: 1 online resource (791 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgements; Introduction; Jean Fernel and the Importance of his De abditis rerum causis; On the Transcript and the Translation; De abditis rerum causis: a Synopsis; De abditis rerum causis; Preface; Liber primus/book I; Chapter 1. The elements of the world provide the only matter for each thing that is brought into being; Chapter 2. The form of a natural thing is substance, not accident; Chapter 3. The substance of the form of every natural body is simple, and has not arisen from the forms of the substrate, contrary to Alexander's position. Chapter 4. The forms of the individual parts that are in a composite are as it were preparations for the introduction of a form of the whole, and they are multipleChapter 5. It is not the potentiality of a natural thing to proceed to a form through its own initiative; but just as an actuality is summoned from a disposition, a form is summoned from the potential; Chapter 6. There was not the smallest contribution previously in matter towards the generati.

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An annotated translation of Jean Fernel's On the Hidden Causes of Things (1542). A major innovatory work in Renaissance natural philosophy and medicine, and a crucially important source for understanding the notion of occult qualities, with a scholarly introduction.

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