Brian P. Copenhaver (born December 21, ) is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Copenhaver’s articles examine magic, astrology, the Hermetica, Kabbalah and their foundations in Neoplatonic, Aristotelian and scholastic philosophy;. Hermetica: The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a New English Translation, with Notes and Introduction. Front Cover · Brian P. Copenhaver. Hermetica by Brian P. Copenhaver, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Copenhaver is currently teaching his own online course, while advising other faculty and staff about hermetiac new — and controversial — way to teach and learn. Like Pico, Valla was a master of the Latin language and an acute student of philosophy.

Instead, the speech is a manifesto for ascetic mysticism, urging the pious to abandon the body and escape the material world through magic and Kabbalah. Literary Hermetkca Literary Studies: Hebrew Bible, Old Testament: Pico as the inventor of Christian Kabbalah; [15] Valla as the scourge of scholastic logic.

Retrieved 8 August The commentary is virtually an encyclopedia of the scholarship University of Chicago Press. Inventing inventors in renaissance Europe Polydore Vergil’s “De inventoribus rerum”. Copenhaver’s articles examine magic, astrology, the Hermetica, Kabbalah and their foundations in Neoplatonic, Aristotelian and scholastic philosophy; natural philosophy; scepticism; Averroism; philosophical translation; modern Italian philosophy; historiography; the classical tradition in philosophy; Lorenzo Valla; Marsilio Ficino; Giovanni Pico della Mirandola; Polydore Vergil ; Tommaso Campanella; Isaac Newton ; [20] [21] [22] Henry More ; and Benedetto Croce.

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Cambridge University PressOct 12, – Fiction – pages. English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh. The Hermetica are a body of mystical texts written in late antiquity, but believed during the Renaissance when they became well known to be much older.

Unlike Pico, Valla had little influence copenahver his time and place through the work that Copenhaver has studied, the Dialectical Disputationswhose main target is Peter of Spain ‘s Summary of Logicwritten in the thirteenth copenyaver but still Europe’s leading textbook of logic when Valla wrote his Disputations. Copenhaver’s industry is exemplary, digesting many years’ research in many different areas and languages into a dense but comprehensive introduction which ties together dynastic, social and philosophical history, and adding a full and detailed commentary He also studies the ancient Greek and Latin Hermetica[11] writings from late antiquity ascribed by Renaissance scholars [12] to an ancient Egyptian god, Thothwhose Greek name is Hermes Trismegistus.


Both Valla and Pico lived during a great era of Italian intellectual life, starting with DantePetrarch and Boccaccio in the fourteenth century and ending with Giordano BrunoTommaso Campanella and Galileo in the seventeenth century.

Books by Brian P. Copenhaver

My library Help Advanced Book Search. CopenhaverHermes Trismegistus. Although Valla’s contemporaries paid little attention to it, his Disputations foreshadows what we now call “philosophy of language”. Technical and theoretical Hermetica. Memory and Knowledge in Early Modern Europe review “. When confidence in Aristotelianism collapsed in the seventeenth century, magic and its attendant beliefs collapsed with it as serious issues for Europe’s leading thinkers.

Account Options Sign in. Philosophical perspectives on Newtonian science. Supernatural fiction in early modern drama and culture. The Best Books of Their supposed author, Hermes Trismegistus, was thought to be a contemporary of Moses, and the Hermetic philosophy was regarded as an ancient theology, parallel to the received wisdom of the Bible.

In the nineteenth century, Italian philosophers worked out the grand narrative of Italian thought in this earlier period — the Renaissance — and afterward: By using our website you agree hermetia our use of cookies. Cambridge University Press Amazon. Journal of the History of Philosophy.

Copenhaver studies magic and related hermetcia and practices — astrology, [5] demonology, divination, Kabbalah [6] — as parts of normative philosophy and science as they were a few centuries ago. State University of New York Press.

This new translation is the only English version based on reliable texts, and Professor Copenhaver’s introduction and notes make this accessible and up-to-date edition an indispensable resource to scholars. His research shows that magic [7] [8] [9] [10] and other “occult” beliefs and practices were supported primarily by the philosophy and science of Aristotle and Aristotelian scholasticism, which dominated European culture from the thirteenth through the seventeenth centuries.


He teaches and writes about philosophy, religion and science in late medieval and early modern Europe.

Brian P Copenhaver (Author of Hermetica)

Copenhaver’s edition and commentary is fully abreast of the main lines of contemporary research, and can be confidently recommended to all scholars seeking precise guidance on these difficult works The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy”. Copenhaver’s comprehensive introduction, provide an indispensable resource to scholars in ancient philosophy and religion, early Christianity, Renaissance literature, and history, the history of science, and the occultist tradition in which the Hermetica have become canonical texts.

This first English translation based on reliable texts, together with Brian P. Music in Renaissance magic: Hermes and his readers. Description The Hermetica are a body of copenhwver texts written in late antiquity, but long believed to be much older.

Brian Copenhaver

Although this legendary Hermes has often been identified as a divine patron of magic, Copenhaver has shown that the Greek Hermetic texts recovered in the fifteenth century by Marsilio Ficino [13] [14] are not about magic: The Hermetic philosophy was regarded The New York Review of Books.

The Getty Research Institute. Because it also embodies in its text and in its very extensive commentary the biran scholarship of the last ninety years, Copenhaver’s translation will remain the canonical English version of the seventeen treatises of the Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius for a long time to come