Paracelsus on Erfahrung and the Wisdom of Praxis

Michael Doan


Not only did Paracelsus censure the logic of Aristotelians, but also their Godless approach to questions about nature. He declared that Aristotle was a heathen whose work had rightly been condemned repeatedly in church councils. In this essay the

author elucidates the more salient features of Paracelsuss epistemology, and draws parallelsbetween Paracelsuss notion of experientia (Erfahrung) and the more recent treatment of that topic that Gadamer offers. The author discusses Paracelsuss educational metaphor, elaborates on Paracelsuss creation myth and explores the mysterious doctrine of signatures before closing in on Paracelsuss discussion of the relationship between theory, practice, and experience.

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