Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kristeller on the rehabilitation of Renaissance Magic and Occultism

The wide area of Renaissance magic and occultism, long despised by modern historians as contemptible superstition, has recently been rehabilitated as a courageous attempt, undertaken with inadequate means and theories, to subject physical nature to the reign of man. The Renaissance magician thus appears as the predecessor of the modern technician.

Studies in Renaissance thought and letters, Volume 3
By Paul Oskar Kristeller p.62

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