Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition

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Placing Bruno—both advanced philosopher and magician burned at the stake—in the Hermetic tradition, Yates's acclaimed study gives an overview not only of Renaissance humanism but of its interplay—and conflict—with magic and occult practices.

"Among those who have explored the intellectual world of the sixteenth century no one in England can rival Miss Yates. Wherever she looks, she illuminates. Now she has looked on Bruno. This brilliant book takes time to digest, but it is an intellectual adventure to read it. ...

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Overview


Placing Bruno—both advanced philosopher and magician burned at the stake—in the Hermetic tradition, Yates's acclaimed study gives an overview not only of Renaissance humanism but of its interplay—and conflict—with magic and occult practices.

"Among those who have explored the intellectual world of the sixteenth century no one in England can rival Miss Yates. Wherever she looks, she illuminates. Now she has looked on Bruno. This brilliant book takes time to digest, but it is an intellectual adventure to read it. Historians of ideas, of religion, and of science will study it. Some of them, after reading it, will have to think again. . . . For Miss Yates has put Bruno, for the first time, in his tradition, and has shown what that tradition was."—Hugh Trevor-Roper, New Statesman

"A decisive contribution to the understanding of Giordano Bruno, this book will probably remove a great number of misrepresentations that still plague the tormented figure of the Nolan prophet."—Giorgio de Santillana, American Historical Review

"Yates's book is an important addition to our knowledge of Giordano Bruno. But it is even more important, I think, as a step toward understanding the unity of the sixteenth century."—J. Bronowski, New York Review of Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226950075
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/1991
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 459,908
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author


Dame Frances Amelia Yates (1899-1981) was Reader in the History of the Renaissance at the University of London. She was a scholar of hermetic and occult philosophy in the Renaissance. Her book The Art of Memory, published by the University of Chicago Press, has been named one of the most significant non-fiction books of the 20th century. Among her other books is Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition, also published by the Press.
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Table of Contents


Preface
Abbreviations
I. Hermes Trismegistus
II. Ficino's Pimander and the Asclepius
III. Hermes Trismegistus and Magic
IV. Ficino's Natural Magic
V. Pico della Mirandola and Cabalist Magic
VI. Pseudo-Dionysius and the Theology of a Christian Magus
VII. Cornelius Agrippa's Survey of Renaissance Magic
VIII. Renaissance Magic and Science
IX. Against Magic: (1)Theological Objections; (2) The Humanist Tradition
X. Religious Hermetism in the Sixteenth Century
XI. Giordano Bruno: First Visit to Paris
XII. Giordano Bruno in England: The Hermetic Reform
XIII. Giordano Bruno in England: The Hermetic Philosophy
XIV. Giordano Bruno and the Cabala
XV. Giordano Bruno: Heroic Enthusiast and Elizabethan
XVI. Giordano Bruno: Second Visit to Paris
XVII. Giordano Bruno in Germany
XVIII. Giordano Bruno: Last Published Work
XIX. Giordano Bruno: Return to Italy
XX. Giordano Bruno and Tommaso Campanella
XXI. After Hermes Trismegistus was Dated
XXII. Hermes Trismegistus and the Fludd Controversies
Index
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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    A Fascinating But Complex Topic ¿ Perhaps Not For The Novice Reader

    Frances Yates¿ work often stirs up strong emotions and the other reviews of this book bear witness to this fact. I had to study this book during my Masters programme in Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter. Hermeticism is a complex topic itself above and beyond its source in the anonymous or pseudepigraphic works of Hermes Trismegistus. However it is one that is well worth investigating, I would not recommend beginning with this book however and would suggest reading Goodrick-Clarke¿s Western Esoteric Traditions or Von Stuckrad¿s Western Esotericism beforehand to gain some foundational knowledge in the field. This book would make a lot more sense once some background knowledge has been obtained.

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