John Dee's Occultism: Magical Exaltation through Powerful Signs

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Religion - 362 pages
Delving into the life and work of John Dee, Renaissance mathematician and conjurer to Queen Elizabeth, György E. Szo nyi presents an analysis of Renaissance occultism and its place in the chronology of European cultural history. Culling examples of magical thinking from classical, medieval, and Renaissance philosophers, Szo nyi revisits the body of Dee s own scientific and spiritual writings as reflective sources of traditional mysticism. Exploring the intellectual foundations of magic, Szo nyi focuses on the ideology of exaltatio, the glorification or deification of man. He argues that it was the desire for exaltatio that framed and tied together the otherwise varied thoughts and activities of John Dee as well.
 

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Contents

Principles and Demarcations
3
FROM SCIENCE HISTORY TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
7
THE POSTCOMMUNIST PERSPECTIVE
13
Mysticism Occultism Magic Exaltation
19
THE ORGANIC WORLD MODEL
24
THE DOCTRINE OF EXALTATION
34
Input In many bokes and sundry languages
39
The Sources of Renaissance Magic
41
PROPAEDEUMATA APHORISTICA
157
MONAS HIEROGLYPHICA
161
THE MATHEMATICAL PRAEFACE
174
Illumination and Angel Magic
181
ANGEL MAGIC AND THE SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT LANGUAGE
182
THE THEORY AND TECHNOLOGY OF ANGEL MAGIC
191
DEES RELIGION AND THEOLOGY
215
Dee and the Interpretive Community
241

TRADITIONS OF CLASSICAL MAGIC
42
MEDIEVAL MAGIC
67
Florentine Neoplatonism and Christian Magic
79
PICOs ENCOMIUM OF EXALTATIO
90
Occult Philosophy Symbolism and Science
105
AGRIPPAS TRIPARTITE MAGIC
110
PARACELSUS ALCHEMY THEOSOPHY
131
ENOCH SCIENCE APOCALYPTIC PROPHECY
145
Output Glyms or Beame of Radicall Truthes
153
The Ideology and Occult Symbolism of Dees Natural Philosophy
155
EASTWARD Ho DEE PATRONAGE AND CENTRAL EUROPE
242
MERIC CASAUBON AND THE POLITICS OF INTERPRETATION
270
Conclusion Dee and Renaissance Symbolism
281
Notes
301
Bibliographies
329
SOURCES AND THEIR MODERN EDITIONS
332
REFERENCE WORKS PARENTHETICALLY CITED
336
Index
353
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About the author (2004)

György E. Szo nyi is Professor of English at the University of Szeged and of Intellectual History at the Central European University, Budapest. He is the author of two other books on John Dee.

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