Johann Chrysostom Magnenus

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Johann Chrysostom Magnenus (Jean Chrysostôme Magnen) (fl. 1645) was a French physician and advocate of atomism.


He was born at Luxeuil.[1] He took a medical degree at the University of Dôle.[2] He joined the medical faculty at the University of Pavia, where he published his scientific work Democritus reviviscens.

Title page of Democritus reviviscens (1646).


He cited Daniel Sennert, but his ideas were distinct from Sennert's and those of Democritus. He considered that atoms were the indivisible parts of three of the classical elements: earth, water and fire.[3]


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  2. ^ Francesco Bottin, Models of the History of Philosophy: From its origins in the Renaissance to the "historia philosophica" (1993), pp. 133–4; Google Books.
  3. ^ Daniel Garber, Michael Ayers (editors), The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-century Philosophy, Volume 1 (2003), p. 556; Google Books.

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