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'Spiritual alchemy' is a contested term that is often accompanied by far-reaching cliams about the presumed essence of alchemy. During the past two centuries, alchemy was often viewed as essentially 'religious', 'spiritual', 'psychological' or 'moral'. Recent scholarship known as the New Historiography of Alchemy has repudiated this older understanding, emphatically positioning alchemy within the history of science. In his research, Mike Zuber follows the methodology of the New Historiography to its logical conclusion by historicizing alchemy as a complex of historical phenomena that do not have a single religious or scientific essence. 

Event details of Spiritual alchemy in a historical perspective
Date 20 June 2017
Time 14:00 -15:00
Location Agnietenkapel
Room Location

M.A. Zuber: Spiritual Alchemy from the Age of Jacob Boehme to Mary Anne Atwood, 1600-1900.


Prof. W.J. Hanegraaff


Dr P.J. Forshaw


Room Location

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.