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Continuity in the definition of natural magic from Pico to Della Porta. Astrology and magic in Italy and north of the Alps

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This chapter discusses the theory of magic in the one-hundred-year period after Giovanni Pico's Apologia for his Conclusiones, which was to have been discussed in 1486. This period concludes with Giambattista Della Porta's publication of the definitive edition of his twenty books Magia naturalis. The chapter associates two historical facts with this period (late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries): the scientific revolution and the philosophical debate on the possibility of natural magic. It looks at how these two developments relate to each other, keeping in mind that there may be other factors deserving attention. The chapter considers Italian authors, including Ficino, Pico, Francesco Zorzi, Cardano, Bruno, Della Porta, as well as Paulus Ricius, and his brother, the astrologer Augustinus. It also considers authors living north of the Alps.

Keywords: astrologer Augustinus; Bruno; Cardano; Francesco Zorzi; Giambattista Della Porta; Magia naturalis; natural magic; Paulus Ricius; Pico



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