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Magic in Western culture : from antiquity to the Enlightenment / Brian P. Copenhaver.

Author/Creator:
Copenhaver, Brian P. author.
Publication:
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Format/Description:
Book
xiv, 600 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Subjects:
Magic -- History.
Ficino, Marsilio, 1433-1499.
Magic.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
"The story of the beliefs and practices called 'magic' starts in ancient Iran, Greece, and Rome, before entering its crucial Christian phase in the Middle Ages. Centering on the Renaissance and Marsilio Ficino - whose work on magic was the most influential account written in premodern times - this groundbreaking book treats magic as a classical tradition with foundations that were distinctly philosophical. Besides Ficino, the premodern story of magic also features Plotinus, Iamblichus, Proclus, Aquinas, Agrippa, Pomponazzi, Porta, Bruno, Campanella, Descartes, Boyle, Leibniz, and Newton, to name only a few of the prominent thinkers discussed in this book. Because pictures play a key role in the story of magic, this book is richly illustrated"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Part I. Introduction: 1. The scruples of J. G. Frazer; 2. Magic as a classical tradition and its philosophical foundations
Part II. Mageia: 3. Ancient philosophy in Ficino's magic Plotinus; 4. Ancient philosophy in Ficinio's magic: Neoplatonism and the Chaldaean Oracles; 5. Ancient philosophy in Ficino's magic : Hermes and Proclus; 6. Scholastic philosophy in Ficino's magic; 7. Data: a tale of two fish
Part III. Hermetica: 8. Hermes the theologian; 9. Hermes domesticated; 10. Hermes on parade
Part IV. Magic Revived and Rejected: How to do magic, and why; Nature, magic, and the art of picturing; The power of magic and the poverty of erudition; Disenchantment; Part V. Conclusion; Who killed Dabholkar?.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 503-558) and index.
ISBN:
9781107070523 (hardback)
110707052X (hardback)
OCLC:
894557598