Peter R. Anstey

in John Locke and Natural Philosophy

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589777
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725487 | DOI:

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This chapter argues from an analysis of Locke's notebooks and correspondence, that Locke practised a form of mercurialist transmutational chymistry derived largely from Robert Boyle. It also shows that his approach to physic was strongly influenced by Helmontian medicine, including a seminal theory of disease.

Keywords: Boyle; chymistry; disease; van Helmont; Newton; philosophical mercury; seminal principles; von Suchten; Starkey

Chapter.  10192 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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