Zurich Paracelsus Project

Work in Progress


Dr. Urs Leo Gantenbein, MD, MSc
Paracelsus Project
Ackeretstrasse 16, CH-8400 Winterthur
Phone: +41 52 222 27 86
Fax: +41 52 223 03 32
Email: ursleo.gantenbein

NPE 1: Vita Beata

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The Zurich Paracelsus Project

The Scope of Paracelsus Studies

The Swiss physician, natural philosopher, alchemist, and radical theologian Theophrastus Bombast of Hohenheim, called Paracelsus (1493/94-1541), belongs to the most well known figures in Renaissance history. The scientific research regarding his collected works is still largely neglected. Paracelsus's writings cover a vast range including medicine, surgery, natural philosophy, alchemy, astronomy, natural magic, and reformation theology. The scholarly focus of the last decades was rather on Paracelsus's influence on the development of the sciences than on the very origins: his life and works. This is corroborated by the fact that a whole quarter of his extensive writings were never printed. The situation looks hardly better for the printed medical and philosophical writings. For the most part they lack a scientific edition which includes a critical apparatus and specific comments. The Zurich Paracelsus Project and the New Paracelsus Edition were founded to meet these editorial requirements. The ultimate goal consists in completing the edition of the collected works together with a general index.

Research Objectives

  • Promotion of Paracelsus Studies especially on life and teachings
  • Scientific edition of the unprinted theological works New Paracelsus Edition
  • Re-edition of selected medical, theological, prophetic, and magical works
  • General index to Paracelsus's complete works
  • Compiling a Paracelsus Dictionary as a reference source for understanding Paracelsus