De Pestilitate and Paracelsian Cosmology

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Didier Kahn Cellf 16–18, CNRS/ Sorbonne Université, Paris, Frankreich

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De pestilitate is an interesting treatise on plague falsely attributed to Paracelsus and published as such by Johann Huser (who believed it authentic) in Paracelsus’s Bücher und Schrifften (1589–1591). It can be dated from before 1578. This article shows that it features conflicting cosmologies issued in different works of Paracelsus. This article also discusses its theory of plague, based on the correspondence between microcosm and macrocosm, as compared with the authentic plague theory of Paracelsus.

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