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Kenneth Friedman's booklet at the difficulties of the unfastened marketplace has many stuff in its points of interest: laissez faire, libertarianism, schooling, even the U. S. perfect court docket. The booklet has a few nice costs; a sampling follows:
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42 A number of spurious stories began to circulate soon after Paracelsus’s death, spreading the belief that he had actually possessed the philosophers’ stone, and—following the venerable alchemical tradition of pseudonymous texts—books on transmutation appeared in his name or were attributed to him. 43 Even Paracelsians were guilty of propagating such pseudonymous texts. 44 What historians have since, with hindsight, identified as Paracelsus’s clear rejection of transmutational alchemy was far from clear to his followers in the fi rst century after his death.
These efforts to use alchemy to address problems of mining and territorial fi nance suggest a more prominent place for alchemy in European economic history, not just as a metaphor, but also as a practice. This notion is certainly easy to dismiss. While we might be able to appreciate alchemy as an abstract philosophy, it is much more difficult for twenty-fi rst-century observers to imagine it as a practical technology. 23 In addressing these questions of social mobility and economy, this book links the alchemical study of nature to questions central to early modern European historiography as a whole.
After that, read Roger Bacon [ca. 1215–after 1292] and Bernhard [of Treviso, fl. ” Although Sömmering promised that Thomas Aquinas (ca. 12 Although Sömmering’s list is perhaps an idiosyncratic slice of the alchemical corpus available to sixteenth-century readers, it nonetheless highlights the importance of a medieval Latin alchemical textual tradition that extended back to the late twelfth century. 13 Among alchemists this was particularly true because of a firm belief that ancient sages (die alten Weisen) had successfully created the philosophers’ stone and that their wisdom had been preserved in the alchemical corpus.