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Treating Paracelsianism as a set of ideas or as an intellectual tradition in some way linked to the thinking of → Paracelsus presupposes a non-existent conformity of opinion about what those ideas actually are and about the extent to which Paracelsus himself can be considered the legitimate author of them. Recent commentators have observed the frequency with which Paracelsus expropriated notions found in earlier authors and have discerned both medieval and Renaissance traditions represented in “Paracelsian” texts. M…

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Moran, Bruce T., “Paracelsianism”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 17 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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