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7 Exkurs ins Pflanzenreich: Die Rose des Paracelsus. Die Idee der Palingenesie und die Debatte um die natürliche Auferstehung zwischen Mittelalter und Neuzeit With an English Summary

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This chapter presents an overview on the idea of Palingenesis and the debate about the natural resurrection from the Middle Ages and Modern Times. Aristotelian ontology saw every substance as a duality of form and matter. To ensure the identity of a substance, both form and matter would need to be regenerated the same and united with each other, as Aristotle had insisted in his work On Generation and Corruption. In the 18th century, the physicotheologians would adopt the idea of a natural resurrection. Man, like the rest of creation, would be destroyed in the conflagration of the apocalypse. The life-giving particles of matter from the organic body remained in the form of ashes, so figures like John of Loen and Eberhard Kindermann believed that the old burnt body of the deceased could be brought' to life again. The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: Aristotle; Palingenesis; John of Loen; Eberhard Kindermann; physicotheologians



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