Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Du Chesne, Joseph

Born: 1546, Lectoure (Armagnac)
Died: 20 August 1609, Paris
  • Miguel López-Pérez
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_1094-1

Abstract

Joseph Du Chesne advocated for the fusion of chemistry and medicine, claiming that chemical medicine could offer substantial benefits to academic or Galenic medicine. This advocacy was contemporaneous with bitter controversies, ranging from the agitation of Paracelsus’s followers to the rise of Spagyrists, and the debates over the need to purify Galenism. A backdrop to all of this was the changes in and growth of alchemy. Du Chesne proposed two things: first, a conceptual framework that would serve as the theoretical basis for chemical medicine and, second, a practical, demonstrative system, characterized by distillation. In addition, Du Chesne was well aware that he faced significant challenges in proposing his chemical innovations, but he persevered in the hopes that his new medical system would gain adherents.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miguel López-Pérez
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Historia ModernaUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hiro Hirai
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for the History of Philosophy and ScienceRadboud Universiteit NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands