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Johann Heinrich Alsted 1588-1638 : Between Renaissance, Reformation, and Universal Reform - Howard Hotson

Johann Heinrich Alsted 1588-1638

Between Renaissance, Reformation, and Universal Reform

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2000
ISBN: 9780198208280
Number Of Pages: 288

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Johann Heinrich Alsted, professor of philosophy and theology at the Calvinist academy of Heborn, was a man of many parts. A deputy to the famous Synod of Dort and greatest encyclopaedist of his age, he was also a pioneer of Calvinist millenarianism and a devoted student of astrology, alchemy, Lullism, and the works of Giordano Bruno. From the mainstream Reformed tradition, Alsted and his circle inherited the zeal for further reformation of church, state, and society; but with this they blended hermetic dreams of a general reformation and the restoration of primordial perfection to the fallen human nature through Lullist and alchemical panaceas. However paradoxical from a strictly Calvinist standpoint, this loose synthesis helped prepare the programme of Alsted's greatest student, Jan Amos Cominius, and the following generation of central European universal reformers. Alsted's intellectual biography opens up unexpected perspectives on the reforming movements of the seventeenth century, and provides an invaluable introduction to many of the central ideas, individuals and institutions of this neglected era of central European intellectual history.

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`[We] have here a highly significant book that, in its detail, defies easy review and demands careful scrutiny by all interested in the development of Protestant thought in the century after the Reformation.'' Calvin Theological Journal `'The author combines the approaches and methods of political history, church history, the history of ideas, and the history of science, and he succeeds admirably. The book is a strong argument for intellectual history that crosses the boundaries between present-day disciplines, and combines different methodologies and explanatory approaches.'' Bulletin of the German Historical Institute `'Both traditional intellectual historians with their focus on exposition, analysis and comparison as well as new cultural historians with their demand for bridges from the world of thought to other areas will find themselves wondering why such a fascinating topic hasn't already been more widely examined. . . . This recreation of the inner and public worlds of an influential teacher who exemplifies the tensions of his age should spur further interest in this area from specialists and non-specialists alike.'' H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine `'Howard Hotson's outstanding intellectual biography of Johann Heinrich Alsted (1588-1638) expands interest in a neglected area of intellectual history ... Both traditional intellectual historians with their focus on exposition, analysis and comparison as well as new cultural historians with their demand for bridges from the world of thought to other areas will find themselves wondering why such a fascinating topic hasn't already been more widely examined ... This recreation of the inner and public worlds of an influential teacher who exemplifies the tensions of his age should spur further interest in this area from specialists and non-specialists alike.'' Susan R. Boettcher, H-Net Review

Introduction
Education: Three Varieties Of Further Reform, 1584-1610
Panacea Philosophica: The Young Alsted's Public Programme, 1610-20
Crisis And Withdrawal: The Programme Undermined And Retracted, 1612-25
Occult Sympathies: The Private World Of The Mature Alsted, 1614-38
Apocalyptic Changes: The Origins Of Alsted's Millenarianism, 1619-27
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780198208280
ISBN-10: 0198208286
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st April 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.58

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