White Magic, Black Magic in the European Renaissance

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BRILL, 2007 - History - 282 pages
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This book explores philosophical theories which in the Renaissance provided an interpretation of nature, of its laws and exceptions and, lastly, of man's capacity to dominate the cosmos by way of natural magic or by magical ceremonies. It does not concentrate on the Hermetic and Neoplatonic philosophers (Ficino, Pico, Della Porta), or on the relationship between magic and the scientific revolution, but rather upon the interference of the ideas and practices of learned magicians with popular rites and also with witchcraft, a most important question for social and religious history. New definitions of magic put forward by certain unorthodox and "wandering scholastics" (Trithemius, Agrippa, Paracelsus, Bruno) will interest readers of Renaissance and Reformation texts and history.
  

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Contents

of the Alps
13
Scholastic and Humanist Views of Hermetism Witchcraft
35
Magic Pseudepigraphy Prophecies and Forgeries
73
Trithemius Bibliography for Necromancers
101
Agrippa of Nettesheim as a Critical Magus
115
Recent Studies on Agrippa
183
The Initiates and the Idiot Conjectures on Some
191
Hermetism and Magic in Giordano Bruno Some
218
Momus and Socratism
254
Indexes
265
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Paola Zambelli, Ph.D. (1966) in History of Philosophy, Rome, is Professor of History of Philosophy at the University of Florence. She has published on the history of astrology and magic in the age of scholasticism and in the Renaissance. Publications include 'Astrologi hallucinati'. Stars and the End of the World at Luther's Time (De Gruyter, 1986) and The 'Speculum astronomiae' and its enigma (Kluwer, 1992).

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