Authors/Johann Friedrich Jungius

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from: Gerhard Dorn, Schlüssel der Chimistischen Philosophy, ed. Johann Friedrich Jungius, 1602
Jungius discusses the state of philosophy in the present age, remarking on how those who devote themselves to true Philosophy and eternal Wisdom are disapproved of and considered as heretics. Despite societal pressures, he remains convinced that the pursuit of divine Wisdom should not be abandoned. He decries the greed and desire for material wealth that guide many in their pursuits, believing that the true gold lies in the philosophical study. Despite his initial focus on law, inspired by his parents, he found himself drawn to philosophy, viewing it as the root of all sciences and arts. Jungius shares that he translated works of philosophers from foreign languages into Germanic, including the Key of Dornaeus. Despite his initial hesitations, he agrees to submit his translated work for printing under the insistence of Lazarus Zetzner, a bookseller and senatorial order member, and hopes that people understand his role was as a translator rather than an author.
from: Gerhard Dorn, Schlüssel der Chimistischen Philosophy, ed. Johann Friedrich Jungius, 1602
Jungius argues against the misuse and misunderstanding of philosophy and chemistry, especially for monetary gain. He laments how people falsely promise quick riches through these disciplines, thereby sullying their reputation. He acknowledges the existence of individuals who misuse these fields due to greed and ignorance, emphasizing that the primary aim is not wealth but philosophical enlightenment. Jungius calls on readers to approach these studies with sincerity, understanding the true principles and foundations. He introduces a key to unlocking nature's secrets, derived from Gerardus Dornaeus's work, which he translated into German. He urges caution in undertaking these studies and calls for genuine understanding, with warnings against the potential loss of time, effort, and resources. Lastly, he hints at forthcoming illustrations to aid comprehension, but cites time constraints for their absence.

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