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Eros and Magic in the Renaissance : Chicago Original Paperback - Ioan P. Couliano

Eros and Magic in the Renaissance

Chicago Original Paperback

By: Ioan P. Couliano, Mircea Eliade (Foreword by), M. Cook (Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1987
ISBN: 9780226123165
Number Of Pages: 296

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It is a widespread prejudice of modern, scientific society that "magic" is merely a ludicrous amalgam of recipes and methods derived from primitive and erroneous notions about nature. "Eros and Magic in the Renaissance" challenges this view, providing an in-depth scholarly explanation of the workings of magic and showing that magic continues to exist in an altered form even today.
Renaissance magic, according to Ioan Couliano, was a scientifically plausible attempt to manipulate individuals and groups based on a knowledge of motivations, particularly erotic motivations. Its key principle was that everyone (and in a sense everything) could be influenced by appeal to sexual desire. In addition, the magician relied on a profound knowledge of the art of memory to manipulate the imaginations of his subjects. In these respects, Couliano suggests, magic is the precursor of the modern psychological and sociological sciences, and the magician is the distant ancestor of the psychoanalyst and the advertising and publicity agent.
In the course of his study, Couliano examines in detail the ideas of such writers as Giordano Bruno, Marsilio Ficino, and Pico della Mirandola and illuminates many aspects of Renaissance culture, including heresy, medicine, astrology, alchemy, courtly love, the influence of classical mythology, and even the role of fashion in clothing.
Just as science gives the present age its ruling myth, so magic gave a ruling myth to the Renaissance. Because magic relied upon the use of images, and images were repressed and banned in the Reformation and subsequent history, magic was replaced by exact science and modern technology and eventually forgotten. Couliano's remarkable scholarship helps us to recover much of its original significance and will interest a wide audience in the humanities and social sciences.

Translator's Note Foreword
Acknowledgments Introduction
Phantasms at Work
History of Phantasy
On the Inner Sense Some Preliminary Considerations The Phantasmic Pneuma
Flux and Reflux of Values in the Twelfth Century Acculturation of the West How a Woman . . .
The Vehicle of the Soul and Prenatal Experience
Empirical Psychology and the Deep Psychology of Eros
The Empirical Psychology of Ficino and Its Sources
The Art of Memory
The Phantasmic Eros and the Appeasement of Desire
Phantasms at Work
The Depth Psychology of Ficino Descent of the Soul Melancholy and Saturn
Dangerous Liasons
Pico della Mirandola, Continuator of Ficino Giordano Bruno, a Man of the Phantasmic Past Scandal in London Mnemonic Phantasms Ambiguity of Eros At the Heart of Bruno's Doctrine Actaeon Diana The Parable of the Nine Blind Men Circe
The Great Manipulator
Eros and Magic
Identity of Substance, Identity of Process
Manipulation of Masses and of Individuals
Vinculum Vinculorum
Ejaculation and Retention of Semen
Of Magic as General Psychosociology
Pneumatic Magic
The Starting Point of Magic
"Subjective" Magic and "Transitive" Magic
The Conspiracy of Things
The Theory of Radiations
Pneumatic Magic
Intersubjective Magic
Intrasubjective Magic
Intersubjective Magic Higher Presences The Lures Propitious Times
Some Concepts of Demonology
Demons and Eros
Witches and Demoniacs
Demonomagic from Ficino to Giordano Bruno Classifications of Magic Trithemius of Wurzburg
End Game
A Wingless Fly
Why Was the Year 1484 so Formidable?
Censoring Phantasy
Abolition of the Phantasmic
Some Historic Paradoxes
The Controversy about Asinity
The Wiles of Giordano Bruno
A Single Reformation
The Change in Ways of Envisaging the World
Doctor Faust, from Antioch to Seville
The Permissiveness of the Renaissance
It Will Be Hotter in Hell!
An Exhaustive Moralism: The Legend of Faust
A Final Result?
Index of Names
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226123165
ISBN-10: 0226123162
Series: Chicago Original Paperback
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st January 1987
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 2