Man as Image of Nature in Magnus Hundt: The Perspective of a Thomist ca. 1500

Engel, Karsten. (2023) Man as Image of Nature in Magnus Hundt: The Perspective of a Thomist ca. 1500. Histories, 3 (1). pp. 32-45.

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This paper draws on a late medieval example to show that images of nature can also be images of the human body. It presents the Anthropologium de hominis dignitate by the Leipzig magister Magnus Hundt (1449-1519). The Anthropologium is a text that prominently integrates the human body into its conception of man and its account of human dignity. The body is not presented as a prison of the soul, but as a perfectly balanced physical counterpart to the soul. The paper shows how Hundt's reflections were influenced by his commitment to the Thomistic school. Moreover, it reveals how the elevated Imago Dei thesis provides a justification for the study of the human body. Hundt is shown to offer nothing less than a theological-philosophical legitimation for practising medicine. In doing so, he also incorporates images of nature in a literal sense, insofar as he includes images of the human body in his book.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement K√ľnste, Medien, Philosophie > Fachbereich Philosophie > Philosophie des Mittelalters (Hoenen)
UniBasel Contributors:Engel, Karsten
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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