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Order In The Vortex: Christian Knorr Von Rosenroth As Compiler And Translator Of Thomas Browne, Jean D’espagnet, Henry More, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz And Antoine Le Grand

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The German work, compiled and translated by Christian Knorr von Rosenroth under his usual pseudonyms ?Christian Peganius? and ?Rautner?, promised various things in addition to a translation from the English of the seven books of Thomas Browne?s Pseudodoxia Epidemica. A translation of the Latin Enchiridion Physicae Restitutae by Jean d?Espagnet, identified only by the anagram ?Spes mea in agno est? [my hope is in the lamb], is followed by a translation of a work ?against common errors?: the first part of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz?s tract Hypothesis physica nova of 1671, and finally by what Knorr calls a ?Proof of the Existence of Immaterial Objects?, a series of chapters from Henry More?s Enchiridion Metaphysicum of 1672. A cosmology of flowing light does not pose a threat to free will. A similar strategy motivates Knorr?s insertion of Antoine Le Grand?s article ?De praedictionibus astrologicis? from his Historia naturae.

Keywords: Antoine Le Grand; Christian Knorr von Rosenroth; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz; Jean d?Espagnet; Pseudodoxia Epidemica; Thomas Browne



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