David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
In its heyday alchemy was a comprehensive theory of transmutation describing not only transformations of base into precious metals but also transformations of the soul up and down the great chain of being. Alchemy was not just a physics but also a metaphysics. Alchemy as metaphysics attracts interest to this day, as in Carl Jung's writings about the soul and personal identity. As he noted, "The alchemists sought for that effect which would heal not only the disharmonies of the physical world but inner psychic conflict as well, the 'affliction of the soul,' and they called this effect the lapis philosophorum [i.e., the philosopher's stone]. In order to obtain it, they had to loosen the age-old attachment of the soul to the body and thus make conscious the conflict between the purely natural and the spiritual man.".
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Stephan A. Hoeller (1992). Freedom: Alchemy of a Voluntary Society. Theosophical Pub. House.
Philip Wexler (2008). A Secular Alchemy of Social Science: The Denial of Jewish Messianism in Freud and Durkheim. Theoria 55 (116):1-21.
Harold J. Cook (1996). A Material Man: The Alchemy of Money in J. J. Becher's Writings. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 27 (3):387-396.
J. H. (1996). A Material Man: The Alchemy of Money in J. J. Becher's Writings. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 27 (3):387-396.
Richard Swinburne (1986). The Evolution of the Soul. Oxford University Press.
R. Blackhirst (2008). Primordial Alchemy & Modern Religion: Essays on Traditional Cosmology. Sophia Perennis.
Penelope Maddy (1986). Mathematical Alchemy. British Journal of Philosophy of Science 46 (September):555-575.
Monika Wikman (2004). Pregnant Darkness: Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness. Distributed to the Trade by Red Wheel/Weiser.
Bassam I. El-Eswed (2002). Lead and Tin in Arabic Alchemy. Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 12 (1):139-153.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads6 ( #204,725 of 1,101,745 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #292,275 of 1,101,745 )
How can I increase my downloads?