Clio Medica: Studies in the History of Medicine and Health invites scholars from the humanities and health care professions to share narratives and analysis on health, healing, and the contexts of our beliefs and practices that impact biomedical inquiry. The series aims to address current topics of interest in medicine and health care from a historical perspective offering analytical rigor and an opportunity for reflection to its readers.
Scholars working in the history of medicine, social history, cultural history, literature and medicine, medical anthropology or sociology, are welcome to submit manuscripts to a series that aims to cross diverse disciplinary boundaries, while retaining history at its core.
The Series’ Volumes are primarily written in the English language, while allowing the opportunity for manuscripts to be submitted in French, German and Spanish.
Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts by email to the publisher
Stefan Einarson or to the Editor-in-Chief Frank Huisman (UMC Utrecht, Netherlands).
Previously published by Rodopi under the title
Clio Medica: Perspectives in Medical Humanities and with Brill since 2014.
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This piece of work intends to shed light on Alexander of Aphrodisias from the secondcentury Aristotle commentator through the history of Aristotelian psychology up to the sixteenth century’s clandestine prompter of the new philosophy of nature. In the millennium after his death the head of the Peripatetic school in Athens served as the authority on Aristotle in the Neo-Platonic school, survived the Arabic centuries of philosophy as Averroes’ exemplary exponent of the mortality of the soul and as such was not considered worthy of translation by the Latin Scholastics. This attitude changed only in the Late Middle Ages, when the resistance against Averroes grew fierce and Alexander emerged as the only Aristotelian alternative to him. In 1495 his account of Aristotle’s psychology was translated and published and the underlying principles of a natural philosophy, based on sense perception and exempt from metaphysics, became accessible. The prompt reception and widespread endorsement of Alexander’s teaching testify to his impact throughout the sixteenth century.