Mercurius Cosmopolita alias Andreas of Habernfeld. The Hermetic Response to Descartes

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Abstract

In 1640 a curious book appeared at The Hague which vehemently attacked Descartes’ Discours de la Méthode. The identity of the author, evidently an adherent of Paracelsian and Hermetic philosophy, remained unknown, until a clear indication was found in the Hartlib Papers. This article discloses the name of the person hiding behind the pseudonym Mercurius Cosmopolita, and sketches his life and works, including the book against Descartes: Pentalogos
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDescartes and Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationProblems, Responses and Survival of a Cartesian Discipline
EditorsFabrizio Baldassarri
Place of PublicationTurnhout
PublisherBrepols Publishers
Pages263–283
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-503-59462-0
ISBN (Print)978-2-503-59461-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023

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