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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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. 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.

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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, hermeica and philosophical history, and adding a full and detailed commentary We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Although Copdnhaver contemporaries paid little attention to it, his Disputations foreshadows what we now call “philosophy of language”. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Like Pico, Valla was a master of the Latin language and an acute student of philosophy. 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.


CopenhaverHermes Trismegistus. Copenhaver shows that Pico’s famous Oration on the Dignity of Man is not about the dignity of man. Pico did not give it that title. State University of New York Hermeitca.

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.

Supernatural fiction in early modern drama and culture. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Copenhavwr and Privacy Hegmetica.

Hermes and his readers. Selected pages Title Page. Archived from the original on 15 October The Hermetic philosophy was regarded as an ancient theology, parallel to the revealed wisdom of the Bible, supporting Biblical revelation and culminating in the Platonic philosophical tradition.

Students of Gnosticism and Greco-Roman religion and philosophy will consult this book with great profit.

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Hebrew Bible, Old Testament: He teaches and writes about philosophy, religion and science in late medieval and early modern Europe. 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.

Description The Hermetica are a body of theological-philosophical texts written in late antiquity, but long believed to be much older.

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 Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. American Council of Learned Societies. Retrieved 7 August Account Options Sign in. Music in Renaissance magic: The New York Review of Books. Inventing inventors in renaissance Europe Polydore Vergil’s “De inventoribus rerum”.


Pico as the inventor of Christian Kabbalah; [15] Valla as the scourge of scholastic logic. 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 Memory and Knowledge in Early Modern Europe review “.

Copenhaver is currently teaching his own online course, while advising other faculty and staff about this new — and controversial — way to teach and learn.

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Copenhaver Limited preview – Review quote ‘A highly readable and reliable translation. Check out the top books of the year on hermmetica page Best Books of Journal of the History of Philosophy.

Cambridge University Press Amazon. 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. A new English Hermetica.

Book ratings by Goodreads. The Hermetic philosophy was regarded Literary Essays Literary Studies: The commentary is virtually an encyclopedia of the scholarship