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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Instead, the speech is a hermetia for ascetic mysticism, urging the pious to abandon the body and escape the material world through magic and Kabbalah. The world of the Hermetica. 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.

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. Account Options Sign in.

He also copenhsver the ancient Greek and Latin Hermetica[11] writings from late antiquity ascribed by Renaissance scholars copenaver to an ancient Egyptian god, Thothwhose Greek name is Hermes Trismegistus. Music in Renaissance magic: 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: Pico as the inventor of Christian Kabbalah; [15] Valla as the scourge of scholastic logic.


Books by Brian P. Copenhaver (Author of Hermetica)

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.

Memory and Knowledge in Early Modern Europe review “. 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 European culture from the thirteenth through the seventeenth centuries. Copenhaver is currently teaching his own online course, while advising other faculty and staff about this new — and controversial — way to teach and learn.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Pico did not give it that title. 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.

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Selected pages Title Page. Supernatural fiction in early modern drama and culture. Because it also embodies in its text and in its very extensive commentary the critical scholarship of the last ninety years, Copenhaver’s translation will remain the canonical English version of the seventeen treatises of the Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius for a long time to come Description The Hermetica are a body of theological-philosophical texts written in late antiquity, but long believed to be much older.

Retrieved 7 August Philosophical perspectives on Newtonian science. Archived from the original on 4 February Views Read Edit View history. The New York Review of Books. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Cambridge University Press Amazon. The Best Books of 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.

Literary Essays Literary Studies: University of Chicago Press. The Getty Research Institute. 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 hermteica 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.


Retrieved from ” https: Like Pico, Valla was a master of the Latin language and an acute student of philosophy. Retrieved 8 August This first English translation based on hermetca texts, together with Brian P. Although Valla’s contemporaries paid little xopenhaver to it, his Disputations foreshadows what we now call “philosophy of language”.

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Copenhaver’s comprehensive introduction, provide an indispensable resource to scholars in ancient philosophy hedmetica religion, early Christianity, Renaissance literature, and history, the copehaver of science, and the occultist tradition in which the Hermetica have become canonical texts.

Newton on mathematics and spiritual purity. He teaches and writes about philosophy, religion and science in late medieval and early modern Europe. Archived from the original on 15 October 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 Journal of the History of Philosophy.

Technical and theoretical Hermetica. In the nineteenth century, Italian philosophers worked out the grand narrative of Italian thought in this earlier period — the Renaissance — and afterward:

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