Natural Philosophy of Tommas Campanella

Petr Pavlas

Abstract


The article concentrates on the theme that has been so far neglected by Czech scholars. It outlines the natural philosophy of Tommaso Campanella OP (1568–1639) with focus on his cosmology, astrology, magic, medicine and prophetic visions. Some of his antiaristotelian theses are emphasized and – last but not least – some parallels, analogies and intersections with either earlier (Dante, Ficino…) or contemporary (Comenius, Galileo…) thinkers are pointed out. The conclusion, that Campanella does not belong to proponents of the modern science but rather to the older Renasissance hermetic-magic-neoplatonic tradition, should not overshadow the literary and rhetorical quality of his works, above all his use of metaphors and his poetic imagery.

Keywords


Campanella, Renaissance, natural philosophy, cosmology, astrology, magic, medicine, prophecy, panpsychism

https://doi.org/10.5817/pf14-2-581

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