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Paracelsian Concepts Of Salts

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This chapter explores how coexistence of elements and principles influenced conceptions of the salt principle among Paracelsian chymists in England in the first half of the seventeenth century. It explores to what extent the material conception of salt affected traditional Aristotelian conceptions of matter. The chapter also analyzes the debates about the identity of a Paracelsian “philosophical” or spiritual salt, and the role of salts in Paracelsian medicine. The chapter compares Duchesne’s ideas about the medical use of salts to those of Turquet de Mayerne, a French Paracelsian, who bound up in the antimony wars in France, emigrated to become a physician to Charles I of England. Finally, it examines the role of salt in the work of Johann Glauber, the German chymist whose ideas were influential in the intellectual circle in England centered about scientific reformer Samuel Hartlib in the 1640s until the Restoration.

Keywords: antimony wars; Aristotelian conceptions; Charles I; England; Johann Glauber; Paracelsian concepts; saline chymistry; Samuel Hartlib; Turquet de Mayerne



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