Session 501: Truth and Falsity in Late Medieval Thought
Tuesday 7 July 2020, 09.00-10.30
|Organiser:||Frances Kneupper, Arch Dalrymple III Department of History University of Mississippi|
|Moderator/Chair:||Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen|
|Paper 501-a||Ambiguity and Alchemy in Venice|
Index terms: Language and Literature - Italian, Mentalities, Religious Life, Science
|Paper 501-b||Do Women Make the Best Prophets?: The Case for Female Prophecy in Late Medieval Germany|
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Mentalities, Religious Life, Science
|Paper 501-c||Who Were the False Prophets in Hussite Sources?|
Index terms: Language and Literature - Slavic, Mentalities, Religious Life, Science
This session approaches the theme of ‘boundaries’ in two ways. First, the presentations demonstrate continuities across geographical boundaries, with papers on Central, Northern, and Southern Europe. The presentations also consider another boundary – the line between true and false. This session explores knowledge-making and the attempts of individuals to distinguish true from false in subjects that straddled magic and science, the natural and the occult. Some germane questions included: How can ‘true’ knowledge be obtained? How can ‘truth’ be verified?, and Who can be trusted? This session addresses these questions as they related to the topics of prophecy, alchemy, and eschatology.
Ambiguity and Alchemy in Venice: Michael A Ryan of the University of New Mexico will address the liminal and ambiguous space occupied by alchemy, an occult discipline which straddled magic and science, internal contemplation, and technical practice.