Brian P. Copenhaver (born December 21, ) is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Copenhaver’s articles examine magic, astrology, the Hermetica, Kabbalah and their foundations in Neoplatonic, Aristotelian and scholastic philosophy;. Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a New English Translation, with Notes and Introduction. Front Cover · Brian P. Copenhaver. Hermetica by Brian P. Copenhaver, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Copenhaver studies magic and related beliefs and practices — astrology, [5] demonology, divination, Kabbalah [6] — as parts of normative philosophy and science as they were a few centuries ago.

His research shows that magic [7] bgian [9] [10] and other “occult” beliefs and practices were supported primarily by the philosophy and science of Aristotle and Aristotelian scholasticism, which dominated European culture from the thirteenth through the seventeenth centuries.

Music in Renaissance magic: Copenhaver’s industry is exemplary, digesting many years’ research in many different areas and languages into a dense but comprehensive introduction which colenhaver together dynastic, social and philosophical history, and adding a full and detailed commentary American Council of Learned Societies.

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The Best Books of In the nineteenth century, Italian philosophers worked out the grand narrative of Italian thought in this earlier period — the Renaissance — and afterward: Review quote ‘A highly brizn and reliable translation. Copenhaver’s articles examine magic, astrology, the Hermetica, Kabbalah and their foundations in Neoplatonic, Aristotelian and scholastic philosophy; natural philosophy; scepticism; Averroism; philosophical translation; modern Italian philosophy; historiography; the classical tradition in philosophy; Lorenzo Valla; Marsilio Ficino; Giovanni Pico della Mirandola; Polydore Vergil ; Tommaso Campanella; Isaac Newton ; [20] [21] [22] Henry More ; and Benedetto Croce.


Retrieved 8 August Although Valla’s contemporaries paid little attention to cpenhaver, his Disputations foreshadows what we now call “philosophy of language”. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Account Options Sign in. Retrieved from ” https: Selected pages Title Page. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Copenhaver’s introduction, which runs some sixty pages, is a wonderful summing-up of the history, literature and problems of Hermeticism from antiquity to the present day This new translation is the only English version based on reliable texts, and Professor Copenhaver’s introduction and notes make this accessible and up-to-date edition an indispensable resource to scholars.

The world of the Hermetica. A new English Hermetica. Journal of the History of Philosophy. The Getty Research Institute.

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Dispatched from cpenhaver UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive? Copenhaver shows that Pico’s famous Oration on the Dignity of Man is not about the dignity of man. The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy”.

CopenhaverHermes Trismegistus.

Archived from the original on 4 February State University of New York Press. Pico did not give it that title.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Both Valla and Pico lived during a great era of Italian intellectual life, starting with DantePetrarch and Boccaccio in the fourteenth century and ending with Giordano BrunoTommaso Campanella and Galileo in the seventeenth century. Their supposed author, a mythical figure named Hermes Trismegistus, was thought to be a contemporary of Moses.

Unlike Pico, Valla had little influence on his time and place through the work that Copenhaver has studied, the Dialectical Disputationswhose main target is Peter of Spain ‘s Summary of Logicwritten in the thirteenth century but still Europe’s leading textbook of logic when Valla wrote his Disputations. University of Chicago Press.


The Hermetic philosophy was regarded as an ancient theology, parallel to the revealed wisdom of the Bible, supporting Biblical revelation and culminating in the Platonic philosophical tradition. Archived from the briam on 15 October Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

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Cambridge University Press Amazon. Although this legendary Hermes has often been identified as a divine patron of magic, Copenhaver has shown that the Greek Hermetic texts recovered in the hermetic century by Marsilio Ficino [13] [14] are not about magic: The impact clpenhaver the Kabbalah in the seventeenth century: The Hermetic philosophy was regarded He teaches and writes about philosophy, religion and science in late medieval and early modern Europe.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Looking for beautiful books? Scholarship and Community in the Copenhavre West. Views Read Edit View history. Worlds Made by Words: History of the concept of mind: Supernatural fiction in early modern drama and culture. The Hermetica are a body of mystical texts written in late antiquity, but believed during the Renaissance when they became well known to be much older.

The commentary is virtually an encyclopedia of the scholarship Hermes and his readers. Inventing inventors in renaissance Europe Polydore Vergil’s “De inventoribus rerum”. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. When confidence in Aristotelianism collapsed in the seventeenth century, magic and its attendant beliefs collapsed with copenhaaver as serious issues for Europe’s leading thinkers.

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