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" La Terre vue par Hildegarde de Bingen (1098-1179) "

Abstract : Hildegard of Bingen had numerous talents which she exercised in diverse domains; woman writer, naturalist, doctor, visionary, seer, musician, she would also deserve to be qualified as "geologist" before the term existed if we follow for example the definition of the geology given by Littré: "Science having for object the natural history of the earth, the knowledge of the outside shape of the globe, the study of the various grounds, that of their formation and their current position "? We have to remind however that Hildegard was above all a theologian, an exegete obsessed by a text to which she brought back all her vision of the world, all her representation of the created, including the functioning of the man's body : the Genesis. In this narrative on which she returns indefatigably in all her writings, including her lyric compositions or her vast correspondence, the earth occupies a central place, and is a real leitmotiv. As a matter of fact, we could track her "science of the earth" in the whole of her work, but we restrict here the field of investigation to her medical and naturalistic work, which includes today two texts : on one hand, a Liber subtilitatum alias Liber simplicis medicine having the nature for object, and on the other hand, the treatise Cause and cure, also called Liber composite medicine, centred on the man.
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Laurence Moulinier. " La Terre vue par Hildegarde de Bingen (1098-1179) ". La terre vue par Hildegarde de Bingen, Mar 2005, Paris, France. pp.205-230. ⟨halshs-00608870⟩



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