[New Book] Andrea Cesalpino and Renaissance Aristotelianism: Natural Philosophy in the Sixteenth Century

Editors: Fabrizio Baldassarri & Craig Martin (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

Publisher: Bloomsbury, 2023

Shedding new light on the understudied Italian Renaissance scholar, Andrea Cesalpino, and the diverse fields he wrote on, this volume covers the multiple traditions that characterize his complex natural philosophy and medical theories, taking in epistemology, demonology, mineralogy, and botany.

By moving beyond the established influence of Aristotle’s texts on his work, Andrea Cesalpino and Renaissance Aristotelianism reflects the rich influences of Platonism, alchemy, Galenism, and Hippocratic ideas. Cesalpino’s relation to the new sciences of the 16th century are traced through his direct influences, on cosmology, botany, and medicine. In combining Cesalpino’s reception of these traditions alongside his connections to early modern science, this book provides a vital case study of Renaissance Aristotelianism.


Andrea Cesalpino: An Introduction – Fabrizio Baldassarri & Craig Martin

Part I. Philosophy
1. Andrea Cesalpino’s Epistemology – Marco Sgarbi
2. Philosophy, Medicine and Humanism in Cesalpino’s Investigation into Demons – Craig Martin
3. Plato and Andrea Cesalpino’s Aristotelianism: A Revealing Marginality – Eva del Soldato
4. Cesalpino on Sensitive Powers and the Question of Divine Immanence – Andreas Blank
5. Andrea Cesalpino and the Rejection of the Celestial Spheres in Seventeenth-Century University of Edinburgh – David McOmish

Part II. Natural Philosophy
6. Cesalpino’s (Aristotelian) Philosophy of Plants: A Science of Botany in the Renaissance – Fabrizio Baldassarri
7. Aristotelian Metaphysics of the Vegetative Soul and Early Modern Plant Physiology: Comparison between Plant Functions in Aristotle, Pseudo-Aristotle, and Cesalpino – Corentin Tresnie & Quentin Hiernaux
8. Paratextual Debates in De plantis (1583): On the best Form of Botanical Prose, Garden and Things, and the Author-Figure of Cesalpino – Julia Heideklang
9. Cesalpino’s Mineralogy between Meteorology and Chymistry – Hiro Hirai

Part III. Medicine
10. Anatomy and Practice: Andrea Cesalpino’s Praxis universae artis medicae – R. Allen Shotwell
11. Simple and Compound Drugs in Late Renaissance Medicine: The Pharmacology of Andrea Cesalpino (1593) – Elisabeth Moreau
12. Cesalpino’s Theory of Disease between Galenism and Renaissance Neoplatonism: De morbo gallico in Context – Carmen Schmechel


Source: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/andrea-cesalpino-and-renaissance-aristotelianism-9781350325166/