The worlds of Renaissance melancholy : Robert Burton in context

Angus Gowland, University College London

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Gowland, Angus (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Series:Ideas in context ; 78
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Physical Description:xii, 338 pages ; 24 cm.
ISBN(s):0521867681 : hardback
9780521867689 : hardback
General note:Based on the author's thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Cambridge, 2001.
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Table of Contents:
  • Acknowledgements
  • Conventions
  • Introduction
  • The 'Letter to Damagetes'
  • 1. The medical theory of melancholy
  • The nature and status of medical inquiry
  • Medicine and humanist philosophy
  • Body and soul
  • Neo-Galenic occultism
  • The Anatomy and the medical theory of melancholy
  • Division and definition
  • Causes, symptoms, prognostics, cures
  • Medical occultism in the Anatomy
  • 2. Dissecting medical learning
  • The humanist critique of medicine
  • Medicine and Christian humanism
  • Knowledge and its uses
  • 3. Melancholy and divinity
  • England and Europe
  • English theology and ecclesiastical politics
  • University theological dispute
  • The intellectual complexion of Laudianism
  • Religious melancholy
  • Orthodoxy and controversy
  • War and religion
  • The English Church
  • Predestination and despair
  • Humanism and the early Stuart Church
  • Spiritual politics in the Anatomy
  • 4. The melancholy body politic
  • Psychology and politics
  • Jacobean theories of monarchy
  • Court and counsel
  • Dissecting the body politic
  • The politics of melancholy
  • 5. Utopia, consolation, and withdrawal
  • The philosopher and the commonwealth
  • Melancholy and utopia
  • On misery and consolation
  • Satire and philosophy
  • Democritus Junior
  • Conclusion: Robert Burtons melancholy
  • Bibliographies
  • Index.