Department of History of Science and Ideas

Artisans, Alchemy and Spirits in the Nordic Enlightenment

Project Description

A central question in the history of early modern science is the relationship between the occult sciences and the growing rationalism that saw its definite breakthrough in the enlightenment movement of the eighteenth century. In my research, I investigate an important but rather neglected scientific and occult environment during the period c.1680-1750: the Swedish Board of Mines. My specific focus lies on chemists, and how they gradually rejected influences from  hermetic and paracelsian alchemy. But I also study how the perceptions of other scientific, occult and spiritual phenomena changed at the Board during the period.

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