BN.com Gift Guide

Thinking with Demons: The Idea of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $64.07
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 41%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (5) from $64.07   
  • Used (5) from $64.07   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$64.07
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(33)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Good
Ships today or the next business day. Cover and binding show moderate wear. Text may contain moderate writing/highlightings but is easily readable. 28-01.

Ships from: Emeryville, CA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$66.79
Seller since 2006

Feedback rating:

(60544)

Condition: Very Good
Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!

Ships from: Mishawaka, IN

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$66.79
Seller since 2006

Feedback rating:

(60544)

Condition: Acceptable
1960. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world ... literacy! Read more Show Less

Ships from: Mishawaka, IN

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$67.10
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(33)

Condition: Good
Ships today or the next business day. Cover and binding show wear. Text may contain some writing/highlightings but nothing major. 28-01.

Ships from: Emeryville, CA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$88.00
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(581)

Condition: Very Good
0198208081 Very Nice Copy--SPEEDY SHIPPING/100% Money BACK Guarantee!

Ships from: Clermont, FL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Overview

This is a work of fundamental importance for our understanding of the intellectual and cultural history of early modern Europe. Stuart Clark offers a new interpretation of the witchcraft beliefs of European intellectuals based on their publications in the field of demonology, and shows how these beliefs fitted rationally with many other views current in Europe between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"From the 15th through the beginning of the 18th century, many intellectuals expounded and defended views of the world and of human behavior to which witches were central. This volume presents a magnificent attempt to understand this demonological thinking and the intellectual activity of which it was a part."--Choice

"A short review cannot do justice to the richness or the subtlety of this volume. One of the most striking things about it is Clark's willingness to treat the subject with proper seriousness....The book...ought to be in the hands of as many readers as possible."--Sixteenth Cetury Journal

"Nothing in [Clark's] earlier writings would have led one to expect that he was meditating a work so powerful in conception and so massive in scale as he has now produced. His Thinking with Demons, which runs to over eight hundred large, closely printed, and heavily annotated pages, suddenly places him at the forefront of cultural history...For anyone interested in what we can hope to learn about ourselves from past systems of thought, this is a genuinely important book."--Common Knowledge

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198208082
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 848
  • Lexile: 1720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

PART I : LANGUAGE 1. Witchcraft and Language 2. Festivals and Sabbaths 3. Dual Classification 4. Contrariety 5. Inversion
6. The Devil, God's Ape 7. Witchcraft and Wit-Craft 8. Women and Witchcraft 9. Unstable Meanings
PART II : SCIENCE 10. Witchcraft and science 11. The Devil in Nature 12. The Causes of Witchcraft 13. Believers and Sceptics 14. Natural Magic 15. Demonic Magic 16. Prerogative Instances (1) 17. Prerogative Instances (2) 18. The Magical Power of Signs 19. Witchcraft and the Scientific Revolution
PART III: HISTORY 20. Witchcraft and History 21. Postremus Furor Satanae 22. Eschatology 23. The Life and Times of the Antichrist 24. The Witch as Portent 25. Witch-Cleansing 26. Understanding Possession 27. Possession, Exorcism, and History
28. Before Loudun
PART IV: RELIGION 29. Witchcraft anRd Religion 30. Cases of Conscience 31. Popular Magic 32. Superstition 33. Reformation
34. Acculturation by Text 35. Protestant Witchcraft, Catholic Witchcraft
PART V: POLITICS 36. Politics and Witchcraft 37. Magistrates and Witches 38. Inviolability 39. The Charisma of Office 40. Mystical Politics 41. Marvellous Monarchy 42. Spectacles of Disenchantment 43. Kingcraft and Witchcraft 44. Bodin's Political Demonology
Postscript Bibliography Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001

    MUST READ for Fans of Witchcraft History

    In this impressive work, Stuart Clark presents the study of witchcraft, demonology, not as reactionary fuel that fed the flames of European irrationality but as a major intellectual enterprise that reflected and shaped beliefs that permeated an entire social, cultural, and political milieu. The book blends a variety of theoretical approaches, ranging from Thomas Kuhn to Michel Foucault, but Clark primarily utilizes a post-structural approach to interpret the language of demonology. He addresses language in his opening chapter, but the entire book considers language within its broader social context; demonology had an internal logic that is revealed through a close study of the words of those that pondered the divine and the debased. Building on the linguistic premise he establishes in the first chapter, Clarke traces the strands of the demonological web through the modern categories of Science, History, Religion, and Politics. For example, in his chapter on ¿Politics¿, Clark argues that the demonological thinking validated the work of magistrates, secular and spiritual, as they investigated and adjudicated witch trials. In this manner, Clark links the intellectual foundations of early modern life in a manner that effectively conflates the categories that he and modern scholars have imposed on early modern thinking. The categories we view as distinct, Politics, Religion, etc., were inextricable owing to demonology¿s pivotal role in shaping intellectual discourse. However, Clark tempers demonology¿s structural logic with a recurring caveat: internal theoretical tensions and external disputes among its proponents continually plagued demonological reasoning. According to Clark, demonology not only rationalized beliefs and practices but also contained the seeds of its own gradual disintegration. For example, the tension between natural and demonic magic fostered increased scrutiny of ¿magical¿ phenomenon- a trend that expanded the boundaries of the natural and shrank the realm of the demonic. In this massive, meticulous work, Clark effectively challenges many deeply entrenched scholarly opinions on early modern witchcraft. For example, he argues against a significant body of anthropological and historical works that has characterized witch trials as primarily driven by misogynistic rhetoric and sentiment. Clark counters that demonologists did not encourage misogyny, nor were they that concerned with women. Instead, prevailing notions of women¿ inherent sinfulness and susceptibility to demonic influence outside of demonological writings were responsible for the resulting gender imbalance in witch prosecutions. ¿Writers on witchcraft evidently took for granted a greater propensity to demonism in women¿The connection was so obvious to them that they felt no need¿to indulge in additional women-hating to back it up.¿ (117) Pre-existing misogyny did influence the persecution of witches but neither defined nor fomented demonological thinking or rhetoric. Clark also promotes a manner of historical interpretation that is more sensitive to the perspective of historical subjects than to those of the modern reader/scholar. Throughout the book, Clark steps out of the narrative to critique the traditional historiography of witchcraft that has premised explanatory narratives on the unreality of witchcraft. These works, for the most part, cite more ¿rational¿ and modern factors like economic dislocation, religious conflicts, social upheaval, misogyny, etc., to explain the uncritically accepted irrationality of witch-hunts. Clark is attempting to reveal how demonologists understood witchcraft, regardless of its objective reality.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)