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

Hardcover | March 15, 2000

byHoward Hotson

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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 andalchemical 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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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. ...

Howard Hotson is a Lecturer in the Department of History at University of Aberdeen.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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`'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 withtheir 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 spurfurther interest in this area from specialists and non-specialists alike.''Susan R. Boettcher, H-Net Review