Zurich Paracelsus Project

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NPE 1: Vita Beata

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The New Paracelsus Edition

First and foremost, the New Paracelsus Edition has been founded to complete the edition of the works of Theophrastus of Hohenheim, called Paracelsus. Since the shipwreck of Kurt Goldammer's edition of the theological works in 1986 a whole fourth of the complete works still remained inedited. Of the 12 to 14 planned volumes Goldammer only managed to bring forth 6 volumes. Because edition principles have significantly changed since the times of Goldammer, it was advisable to start an edition based on completely new terms and principles: the New Paracelsus Edition.

Moreover, the Goldammer edition had tended to pull apart the diverse tracts and to present them as "Einzelschriften" (single writings), although interrelations of a subtle kind may connect these writings with one another. In contrast, the New Paracelsus Edition tries to reconstruct the original context of some of these writings and proposes books, which presumably were intended by Parcelsus as a whole, but only survived in fragments and were lost as entities. In this way, there are book titles like the "Vita Beata Writings", the "Five Tracts of Beatitude" the "Philosophia de limbo aeterno", the "Philosophia Magna" and the "Prayer Commentaries".