Magic, Memory and Natural Philosophy in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (BOK)

Stephen Clucas

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This collection of Stephen Clucas' articles addresses the complex interactions between religion, natural philosophy and magic in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. The essays on the Elizabethan mathematician and magus John Dee show that the angelic conversations of John Dee owed a significant debt to mediaeval magical traditions and how Dee's attempts to communicate with spirits were used to serve specific religious agendas in the mid-seventeenth century. The essays devoted to Giordano Bruno offer a reappraisal of the magical orientation of the Italian philosopher's mnemotechnical and Lullist writings of the 1580s and 90s and show his influence on early seventeenth-century English understandings of memory and intellection. Next come three studies on the atomistic or corpuscularian natural philosophy of the Northumberland and Cavendish circles, arguing that there was a distinct English corpuscularian tradition prior to the Gassendian influence in the 1640s and 50s. Finally, two essays on the seventeenth-century Intelligencer Samuel Hartlib and his correspondents shows how religion alchemy and natural philosophy interacted during the 'Puritan Revolution'.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Stephen Clucas
Forlag
ASHGATE PUBLISHING
ISBN 9781409419754
Antall sider 340 Dimensjoner 15cm x 22,4cm x 3,3cm
Vekt 694 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Magic, alchemy & hermetic thought