The Word of God and the Languages of Man: Interpreting Nature in Early Modern Science and Medicine: Ficino to Descartes
This remarkably ambitious work relates changes in scientific and medical thought during the Scientific Revolution (c. 1500-1700) to the emergence of new principles and practices for interpreting language, texts, and nature. An invaluable history of ideas about the nature of language during this period, The Word of God and the Languages of Man also explores the wider cultur...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published September 15th 1995 by University of Wisconsin Press
(first published August 25th 1995)
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This book is a valuable resource for historians of science, medicine and religion, and I am eager to read the second volume, now seventeen years in the making, when it finally sees publication. (That work will focus on English natural philosophy between 1640 and 1670.) Bono's account of Ficino's Neoplatonism and the distinctions he draws between Paracelsus's approach to the word of God and that of Paracelsian Oswald Croll are erudite but clear and interesting. I wondered at first if the exhausti...more