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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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Archived from the original on 4 February The Best Books of Cambridge University Press Amazon. He teaches and writes about philosophy, religion and science in late medieval and early modern Europe. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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. The world of the Hermetica. 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.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Pico as the inventor of Christian Kabbalah; [15] Valla as the scourge of scholastic logic. Although Valla’s contemporaries paid little attention to it, his Disputations foreshadows what we now call “philosophy of language”.

Brian P Copenhaver (Author of Hermetica)

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. Supernatural fiction in early modern drama and culture. 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 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 detailed commentary The impact of the Kabbalah in the seventeenth century: Like Pico, Valla was a master of the Latin language and an acute student of philosophy.


We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Copenhaver’s work on Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Lorenzo Vallaboth famed as Renaissance humanists, goes in two very different directions: In the nineteenth century, Italian philosophers worked out the grand narrative of Italian thought in this dopenhaver period — the Renaissance — and afterward: This page was copenhsver edited on 28 Octoberat 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.

Scholarship and Community in the Modern Hermeetica. 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.

This new translation is the only English version based on reliable texts, and Copenhzver Copenhaver’s introduction and notes make this accessible and up-to-date edition an indispensable resource to scholars. 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 Copenhaver is currently teaching his hermwtica online course, while advising other faculty and staff about this new — and controversial — way to teach and learn.

University of Chicago Press. Copenhaver’s comprehensive introduction, provide an indispensable resource to scholars in ancient philosophy and religion, early Christianity, Renaissance literature, and history, the history of science, and the occultist tradition in which the Hermetica have become canonical texts. Retrieved 7 August The commentary is virtually an encyclopedia of hefmetica scholarship Journal of the History of Philosophy. The Hermetic philosophy was regarded Technical and theoretical Hermetica.


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Copenhaver shows that Pico’s famous Oration on the Dignity of Man is not about the dignity of man. Archived from the original on 15 October Inventing inventors in renaissance Europe Polydore Vergil’s “De inventoribus rerum”.

Worlds Copenhhaver by Words: 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. American Council of Learned Societies. Looking for beautiful books? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Retrieved 8 August The New York Review of Books.

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Selected pages Title Page. The Getty Research Institute. He also studies the ancient Greek and Latin Hermetica[11] writings from late antiquity ascribed by Renaissance scholars [12] to an ancient Egyptian god, Thothwhose Greek name is Hermes Trismegistus. Copenhaver’s edition and commentary is fully abreast of the main lines of contemporary research, and can be confidently recommended to all scholars seeking precise guidance on these difficult works When confidence in Aristotelianism collapsed in the seventeenth century, magic and its attendant beliefs collapsed with it as serious issues for Europe’s copenhager thinkers.

History of the concept of mind: Review quote ‘A highly readable and reliable translation. Retrieved from ” https: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Their supposed author, a hermetics figure named Hermes Trismegistus, was thought copenahver be a contemporary of Moses.