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Magic And The Physical World In Thirteenth-Century Scholasticism

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This chapter focuses on just one piece of an influential theoretical model according to which modern science, in particular modern natural science, has been conceived. It examines two pieces of William of Auvergne's work entitled Magisterium divinale ac sapientale. Of the two pieces of this work, the more important is the treatise De universo, the foundations of which might well have been laid in writings composed in the 1220s, all of them, however, greatly reworked in the 1230s, with some parts not receiving their finishing touches until around 1240. The chapter talks about Giles of Rome. It focuses on a single and quite peculiar scholastic disputed question about how, in a very specific circumstance, a reputedly magical operation might occur.

Keywords: De universo; Giles of Rome; magical arts; modern science; William of Auvergne

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