Scientific article

Marie de Gournay, alchimiste sceptique ?

ContributorsMangili, Adrien
Published inArcana naturae, no. 4, p. 7-21
Publication date2023
First online date2024-05-13

This article analyzes Marie de Gournay’s discourse on alchemy. The few pages that this learned woman devotes to this curious art reveal an original doctrine that could be de- scribed as skeptical alchemy. Gournay envisions a practice that aims less at material production than at a salutary exercise for the mind against dogmatism. But this skeptical alchemy is part of a strong prescriptive framework that focuses on warding off the danger of the threatening figure of the charlatan. The difficulty lies in maintaining a delicate balance between an openness to wonder and the rejection of credulity.

  • Histoire de l'alchimie
  • Scepticisme
  • Femmes alchimistes
  • Renaissance
  • Femmes et science
  • Ecriture féminine
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MANGILI, Adrien. Marie de Gournay, alchimiste sceptique ? In: Arcana naturae, 2023, n° 4, p. 7–21.
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ISSN of the journal2724-2277

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