Cornelius Gemma (1535-1578)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conference Proceedings

 

 

Hiro Hirai (ed.),

 

Cornelius Gemma: Cosmology, Medicine and Natural Philosophy in Renaissance Louvain

 

(Supplemeti di Bruniana & Campanelliana, Studi 10), Pisa-Roma, Fabrizio Serra, 2008.

 

Cornelius Gemma (1535-1578), the son of the famous mathematician and cosmographer Gemma Frisius, was a professor of medicine at the University of Louvain. Until recently he has been almost totally neglected by scholars, although he played an important role in the intellectual map of the second half of the sixteenth century. His main works, De arte cyclognomica (Antwerp, 1569) and De naturae divinis characterismis (Antwerp, 1575) are true “hidden gems” in early modern intellectual history. They encompasses the cluster of problems on medicine, astronomy, astrology, teratology, divination, prophecy, eschatology, encyclopaedism, art of memory, etc. and drew the particular attention of such eminent minds of the time as Guillaume Postel, Jean Bodin or Johannes Kepler. The present volume stems from the conference entirely devoted to Gemma (Ghent, 23 February 2007) and organised by the Centre for History of Science (sarton.UGent.be) at Ghent University as a part of its project “Reevaluation of the Sciences in the Low Countries in the Renaissance” (GOA 12.517.03). It furnishes the first substantial survey on this elusive figure through multidisciplinary approaches.

 

 

Cosmology and Astrology

Fernand Hallyn, "A Poem on the Copernican System: Cornelius Gemma and his Cosmocritical Art"

Germana Ernst, "Il linguaggio universale dei cieli: Cornelio Gemma, Tycho Brahe, Tommaso Campanella"

Dario Tessicini, "«Vere Gemmeum est?»: Cornelio Gemma e la stella nuova del 1572"

 

Medicine and Prodigy

Jean Céard, "La notion de prodige selon Cornelius Gemma"

Concetta Pennuto, "Cornelius Gemma et l'épidémie de 1574"

Hiro Hirai, "«Prisca Theologia» and Neoplatonic Reading of Hippocrates in Fernel, Cardano and Gemma"

 

Method and Sapientia

Stephen Clucas, "Cornelius Gemma and Universal Method"

Thomas Leinkauf, "Cornelius Gemma, Philosophie und Methode: Eine Analyse des ersten Buches der Ars cyclognomica"

 

 

 

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Conference Programme

 

Friday 23 February 2007

Room “Oude Infirmerie” at Het Pand

Ghent University (Belgium)

 

 

Welcome & Opening

 

9h00-9h15

Fernand Hallyn, "Introduction"

 

Session 1: "Prodiges"

Jean Céard (Paris X), "La notion de prodige selon Cornelius Gemma" 9h15-10h00

Germana Ernst (Roma III), "Divination et signes célestes chez Campanella et Gemma" 10h00-10h45

 

Session 2: Medicine

Concetta Pennuto (Genève), "Cornelius Gemma et l'épidémie de 1574" 11h00-11h45

Hiro Hirai (Ghent), "Neoplatonic Reading of Hippocrates in Fernel, Cardano and Gemma" 11h45-12h30

 

Session 3: Sophia

Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck College, London), "Cornelius Gemma and Encyclopaedism" 14h00-14h45

Thomas Leinkauf (Münster), "Philosophie und Methode im Werk des Cornelius Gemma" 14h45-15h30

 

Session 4: Cosmos

Dario Tessicini (Durham), "The Reception of Cornelius Gemma's Cosmological Works" 15h45-16h30

Steven Vanden Broecke (Katholieke Universiteit Brussel), "Society, Christianity, and Philosophy in the Work of Cornelius Gemma" 16h30-17h15

 

 

Organized by Fernand Hallyn & Hiro Hirai, Centre for History of Science, Ghent University (Belgium)

 

 

 

 

Elemental Bibliography

 

Fernand G. Van Ortroy, Bio-Bibliographie de Gemma Frisius, fondateur de l’école belge de géographie, de son fils Corneille et de ses neveux les Arsenius (Brussels: Lamertin, 1920).

 

Lynn Thorndike, A History of Magic and Experimental Science (New York: Columbia UP, 1941), v. 5, pp. 406-409.

 

François Secret, "Cornelius Gemma et la prophétie de la Sybille tiburtine", Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique 64 (1969), pp. 423-431.

 

François Secret, L’ésotérisme de Guy Le Fèvre de La Boderie (Genève: Droz, 1969), pp. 53-55, 59-60, 110.

 

Jean Céard, La nature et les prodiges (Genève: Droz 1977), pp. 365-73.

 

Paolo Rossi, Clavis Universalis (Bologna: Il Mulino, 1983), 2 ed., pp. 21, 77, 78, 214.

 

Giancarlo Zanier, Ricerche sulla diffusione e fortuna del De incantationibus di Pomponazzi (Florence: Nuova Italia, 1975), pp. 85-87.

 

Giancarlo Zanier, Medicina e Filosofia tra ’500 e ’600 (Milano: FrancoAngeli, 1983), pp. 68-70.

 

Thomas Leinkauf, "Scientia universalis, memoria und status corruptionis : Überlegungen zu philosophischen und theologischen Implikationem der Universalwissenschaft sowie zum Verhältnis von Universal wissehscat und Theorien des Gedächtnisses", in Ars memorativa : Zur kulturgeschichtlichen Bedeutung der Gedächtniskunst, 1400-1750, ed. Jörg Jochen Berns & Wolfgang Neuber (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1993), pp. 1-34.

 

Tabitta Van Nouhuys, The Age of Two-Faced Janus: The Comets of 1577 and 1618 and the Decline of the Aristotelian World View in the Netherlands (Leiden: Brill, 1993), passim.

 

Martin Mulsow, "Seelenwagen und Ähnlichkeitsmaschine: Zur Reichweite der praktischen Geometrie in der Ars cyclognomica von Cornelius Gemma", in Jörg Jochen Berns & Wolfgang Neuber (eds), Seelenmaschinen. Gattungstraditionen, Funktionen und Leistungsgrenzen der Mnemotechniken vom späten Mittelalter bis zum Beginn der Moderne (Wien: Fink, 2000), pp. 249-278.

 

Fernand Hallyn, "Un poème sur le système copernicien: Cornelius Gemma et sa ‘cosmo-critique’", Les Cahiers d’humanisme 2 (2001), pp. 51-70.

 

Steven Vanden Broecke, The Limits of Influence: Pico, Louvain and, the Crisis of Renaissance Astrology (Leiden: Brill, 2003), pp. 186-96, 212-226.

 

Martin Mulsow, "Arcana naturae : Verborgene Ursachen und universelle Methode von Fernel bis Gemma und Bodin", in Thomas Leinkauf (éd.), Der Naturbegriff in der Frühen Neuzeit (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2005), pp. 31-68.