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Magic and radical reformation in Agrippa of Nettesheim

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This chapter provides quite precise data concerning the milieu in which Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim grew up, his studies and his early writings. The first version of his De occulta philosophia is in itself a finished work of such historical importance that the librarian of the Warburg Institute, Hans Meier, very appropriately undertook an edition quite separate from any comparison with the definitive version published in 1533. In 1518, during the polemic on the suppression of Hebrew books, the young Agrippa had not yet published anything, but was already known for his magical work which was circulating in manuscript. In any case, Agrippa here begins to move towards a kind of natural religion, which is hinted at in the opening chapters of the third book of De occulta philosophia, which were also added in 1533.

Keywords: De occulta philosophia; Hebrew books; Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim; Warburg institute



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