The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age

The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age

by Frances Yates
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415254094

ISBN-13: 9780415254090

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

It is hard to overestimate the importance of the contribution made by Dame Frances Yates to the serious study of esotericism and the occult sciences. To her work can be attributed the contemporary understanding of the occult origins of much of Western scientific thinking, indeed of Western civilization itself. The Occult Philosophy of the Elizabethan Age was…  See more details below

Overview

It is hard to overestimate the importance of the contribution made by Dame Frances Yates to the serious study of esotericism and the occult sciences. To her work can be attributed the contemporary understanding of the occult origins of much of Western scientific thinking, indeed of Western civilization itself. The Occult Philosophy of the Elizabethan Age was her last book, and in it she condensed many aspects of her wide learning to present a clear, penetrating, and, above all, accessible survey of the occult movements of the Renaissance, highlighting the work of John Dee, Giordano Bruno, and other key esoteric figures. The book is invaluable in illuminating the relationship between occultism and Renaissance thought, which in turn had a profound impact on the rise of science in the seventeenth century. Stunningly written and highly engaging, Yates'
masterpiece is a must-read for anyone interested in the occult tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415254090
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
Routledge Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Part I: The Occult Philosophy in Renaissance and Reformation
1. Medieval Christian Cabala: The Art of Ramon Lull
2. The Occult Philosophy in the Italian Renaissance: Pico della Mirandola
3. The Occult Philosophy in the Reformation: Johannes Reuchlin
4. The Cabalist Friar of Venice: Francesco Giorgi
5. The Occult Philosophy and Magic: Henry Cornelius Agrippa
6. The Occult Philosophy and Melancholy: Durer and Agrippa
7. Reactions against the Occult Philosophy: the Witch Craze
Part II: The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age
Introduction
1. John Dee: Christian Cabalist
2. Spenser's Neoplatonism and the Occult Philosophy: John Dee and The Faerie Queen
3. Elizabethan England and the Jews
4. The Reaction: Christopher Marlowe on the Conjurors, Imperialists and Jews
5. Shakespeare and the Christian Cabala: Freancesco Giorgi and The Merchant of Venice
6. Agrippa and Elizabethian Melancholy: George Chapman's Shadow of Night
7. Shakespearean Fairies, Witches, Melancholy: King Lear and the Demons
Prospero: The Shakespearean Magus
Part III: The Occult Philosophy and Rosicruicianism and Puritanism The Return of the Jews to England
1. Christian Cabala and Rosicrucianism
2. The Occult Philosophy and Puritanism: John Milton
3. The Return of the Jews to England
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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