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White Magic, Black Magic in the European Renaissance : From Ficino, Pico, Della Porta to Trithemius, Agrippa, Bruno - Paola Zambelli

White Magic, Black Magic in the European Renaissance

From Ficino, Pico, Della Porta to Trithemius, Agrippa, Bruno

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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.

Introduction : must we really re-appropriate magic?p. 1
White magic, black magic
Continuity in the definition of natural magic from Pico to Della Porta : astrology and magic in Italy and north of the Alpsp. 13
Scholastic and humanist views of Hermetism : witchcraft, "natural magic", Trithemius' magic and Agrippa's critical turn of mindp. 35
Magic, pseudepigraphy, prophecies and forgeries in Trithemius' manuscripts : from Cusanus to Bovelles?p. 73
Trithemius' bibliography for necromancersp. 101
Agrippa as an author of prohibited books
Agrippa of Nettesheim as a critical magusp. 115
Magic and radical reformation in Agrippa of Nettesheimp. 138
Recent studies on Agrippap. 183
Bruno as a reader of prohibited books
The initiates and the idiot : conjectures on some Brunian sourcesp. 191
Hermetism and magic in Giordano Bruno : some interpretations from Tocco to Corsano, from Yates to Cilibertop. 218
A Nolan before Bruno : Momus and Socratism in the Renaissancep. 254
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ISBN: 9789004160989
ISBN-10: 9004160981
Series: Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 30th July 2007
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.58