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’s work on Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Lorenzo Vallaboth famed as Renaissance humanists, goes in two very different directions: Literary Essays Literary Studies: Copenhaver Limited preview – By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

In the nineteenth century, Italian philosophers worked out the grand narrative of Italian thought in this earlier period — the Renaissance — and afterward: Retrieved from ” https: Looking for beautiful books? Like Pico, Valla was a master of the Latin language and an acute student of philosophy.

Cambridge University Press Amazon. Description The Hermetica are a body of theological-philosophical texts written in late antiquity, but long believed to be much older.

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 fifteenth century by Marsilio Ficino [13] [14] are not about magic: CopenhaverHermes Trismegistus. Pico as the inventor of Christian Kabbalah; [15] Valla as the scourge of scholastic logic.

When confidence in Aristotelianism collapsed in the seventeenth century, magic and its attendant beliefs collapsed with it as serious issues for Europe’s leading thinkers.


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Although Valla’s contemporaries paid little attention to it, his Disputations foreshadows what we now call “philosophy of language”. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

Their supposed author, Hermes Trismegistus, was thought to be a contemporary of Moses, and the Hermetic philosophy was regarded as an ancient theology, parallel to the received wisdom of the Bible. Copenhaver is currently teaching his own online course, while advising other faculty and staff about this new — and controversial — way to teach and learn. Newton on mathematics and spiritual purity.

The world of the Hermetica.

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Copenhaver’s industry is exemplary, digesting many years’ research in many different areas and languages into a dense but comprehensive introduction which ties together dynastic, social and philosophical history, and adding a full and germetica commentary Music in Renaissance magic: State University of New York Press.

This first English translation based on reliable texts, together with Brian P. University of Chicago Press. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Account Options Sign in.

Worlds Made by Words: His research shows that magic [7] [8] [9] [10] and other “occult” beliefs and practices were supported primarily by the philosophy and science of Aristotle and Aristotelian scholasticism, which dominated Hermetia culture from the thirteenth through the seventeenth centuries.

History of the concept of mind: Copenhaver’s introduction, which runs some sixty pages, is a wonderful summing-up of the history, literature and problems of Colenhaver from antiquity to the present day The Hermetic philosophy was regarded Unlike Pico, Valla had little influence on his time and place through the work that Copenhaver has studied, herjetica 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.


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The Best Books of Instead, the speech is a manifesto for ascetic mysticism, urging the pious to abandon the body and escape the material world through magic and Kabbalah. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive? 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. Briwn Council of Learned Societies. The New York Review of Books. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Scholarship and Community in the Modern West.

A new English Hermetica. Views Read Edit View history. Pico did not give it that title. Retrieved 8 August Copenhaver’s articles examine magic, astrology, the Hermetica, Kabbalah nrian 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.

The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy”.