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Magic and memory in Giordano Bruno : the art of a heroic spirit

Author: Manuel Mertens
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
Series: Brill's studies in intellectual history, v. 283.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Manuel Mertens unravels the enigmatic knot between the mnemonic treatises and the magical writings of the sixteenth-century Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno. Since long the magical orientation of the Brunian art of memory has been a preoccupation for Bruno scholars (like Paolo Rossi, Frances Yates and Rita Sturlese). This serious study of the philosophical underpinnings of both Bruno's mnemonic treatises and his  Read more...
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Mertens, Manuel.
Magic and memory in Giordano Bruno.
Boston : Brill, 2018
(DLC) 2018023947
Named Person: Giordano Bruno; Giordano Bruno
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Manuel Mertens
ISBN: 9789004358928 9004358927
OCLC Number: 1031904888
Description: xix, 243 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Magic and Memory in Giordano Bruno : Towards a More Encompassing Perspective --
Special Features of Magical and Mnemonic Writings in the Sixteenth Century --
The Concept of Similitudo --
A Spirit-Regulating Art.
Series Title: Brill's studies in intellectual history, v. 283.
Responsibility: by Manuel Mertens.

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Manuel Mertens unravels the enigmatic knot between the mnemonic treatises and the magical writings of the sixteenth-century Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno. Since long the magical orientation of the Brunian art of memory has been a preoccupation for Bruno scholars (like Paolo Rossi, Frances Yates and Rita Sturlese). This serious study of the philosophical underpinnings of both Bruno's mnemonic treatises and his writings on magic shows that Bruno believed his mnemonic method could prevent demons from corrupting the cognitive process. Mertens's focus on Bruno's idea of deification through memory and the philosopher's view on fiery heroic spirits points to a surprisingly literal reading of the heretic's last words. --! From publisher's description.

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