<i>Cultura</i> and <i>Medicina Animi</i>: An Early Modern Tradition

in Regimens of the Mind

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780226116396
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226116419 | DOI:
Cultura and Medicina Animi: An Early Modern Tradition

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This chapter examines the early modern cultura animi and medicina animi tradition. It analyzes the main traditions of thought feeding this early modern field of knowledge and identifies important themes and genres that influenced their development through the seventeenth century. This chapter discusses how Francis Bacon's conception of the art of tempering the mind nourished both his moral and his natural philosophy and argues that the early modern vocabulary of a “cure” or a “cultivation” of the soul is indebted to two main historical sources, which can be called the Socratic and the patristic traditions.

Keywords: cultura animi; medicina animi; knowledge; Francis Bacon; mind; Socratic tradition; patristic tradition

Chapter.  14876 words. 

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