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Jacques Lefèvre Détaples Humanism And Hermeticism In The De Magia Naturali

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This chapter discusses about that the young Giovanni Pico della Mirandola claimed to have studied all schools of philosophy, and the reconciliation of Plato and Aristotle was one of his intended projects. A comparable change of heart can be witnessed in the scholar who is the focus of this contribution, namely the French humanist and Bible translator Jacques Lefevre d'Etaples, since at the very beginning of the work Lefevre speaks of natural philosophers as magi, whose discipline comprises on the one hand theoretical science and on the other natural magic. The De magia naturali contributes to this notion as it gathers Neoplatonic, Hermetic and Pythagorean doctrines to suggest that the magician is an initiate in divine mysteries.

Keywords:Giovanni; hermeticism; Jacques Lefevre D'etaples humanism; MAGIA NATURALI; Pico della Mirandola; reconciliation



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