Occult Sciences in the Renaissance: A Study in Intellectual Patterns

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Univ of California Press, Jul 6, 1979 - History - 287 pages
"The only short and acceptable summary and analysis of the five Renaissance occult sciences." - Times Literary Supplement

"The . . . usefulness of this book for students of Renaissance literature and culture will not soon be ended." - Virginia Quarterly Review

"The absence of contaminating traces either of condescension or of credulousness give this absorbing volume a special authority and place on the shelves of any reader or any library where the history of modern thoughts is relevant." - Scientific American

"A remarkable summary and analysis of the five systems of esoteric science so influential in the Renaissance." - Milton Quarterly

"A magnificent job of tying together a vast number of diverse sources into a unified whole . . . engrossing in its entirety." -The Sciences
 

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Contents

ASTROLOGY
1
Proastrological writings
27
Further attacks
42
Conclusion
53
WITCHCRAFT
60
the Renaissance 74 details of the pact 80 the origin of magic
83
Steps toward the denial of witchcraft
90
Astrological magic and Marsilio Ficinos De vita coelitus comparanda
120
The mystical doctrine
186
the importance of analogy
193
HERMES TRISMEGISTUS
201
General characterization of the doctrine
211
Detailed analysis
218
Hermetic influence in England
236
Notes to Chapter Five
248
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
260

Spiritual or ceremonial magic and Cornelius Agrippas De occulta
134
Conclusion
156
Alchemical processes
170

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About the author (1979)

Wayne Shumaker is Professor of English at University of California, Berkeley.

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