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This section focuses on Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim's texts and documents. It considers Agrippa to be a great figure in the history of Renaissance thought, especially in Germany. Moreover, in the context of the philosophical, scientific and religious issues of the sixteenth century, he is an author who merits more attention than he has so far received. In Book III of De occulta philosophia Agrippa hinted at the doctrine of psychopannychism and tried to conceal it from Catholic censors or readers. The section focuses on Agrippa's complex religious attitude and its influence on the development of his theory of magic. This doctrine of the so-called 'sleep of the souls' expresses the heretical thesis that after death, the human soul instead of going directly to Hell, Purgatory or Paradise will 'sleep' until the Last Judgement.

Keywords: Catholic censors; De occulta philosophia; Germany; Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim; psychopannychism; theory of magic



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