Hans Helander: "New Words for a New Era: The Medical Works of Emanuel Swedenborg as a Mirror of the Scientific Revolution"

  • Date: –20:00
  • Location: SCAS, Linneanum, Thunbergsvägen 2, Thunbergssalen
  • Organiser: The Department of Literature, Uppsala Interdisciplinary 18th Century Seminar and SCAS
  • Contact person: Marie-Christine Skuncke
  • Seminarium

Jubilee Seminar - The Uppsala Interdisciplinary 18th Century Seminar celebrates its 20th anniversary: 1995–2015!

The seminar is co-organized with the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS). Informal reception after the seminar. Please register to the reception at the latest on November 6 to rsvp@swedishcollegium.se.

Professor Hans HELANDER, Uppsala: "New Words for a New Era: The Medical Works of Emanuel Swedenborg as a Mirror of the Scientific Revolution"

Presentation
Latin was the main vehicle of all the new ideas and rapidly expanding knowledge of Early Modern Europe. It was a living language in the pragmatic role of what has been called Kommunikationssprache and Gebrauchslatein, a language for intellectual communication and practical use. But the Latin language had to develop to meet these demands; and the main challenge was the creation of new words (or neologisms) that could adequately express the concepts and notions of a new age. In his presentation, Hans Helander, Nestor of Neo-Latin studies in Sweden, will focus on learned and scientific works published during “the long 18th century”. His aim is first to give a picture of the development that made the introduction of new words necessary, and also to describe the intellectual processes that generate innovations in the field of terminology and nomenclature. For his examples, Hans Helander will turn to Emanuel Swedenborg – today best known as a religious mystic, but also, in his earlier career, a versatile scientific writer – whose medical works, such as the Oeconomia Regni animalis from the 1740s, mirror the Scientific Revolution in their use of language.