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Issue with that Walker then shows us some who are against Ficino s Ideas Like Wier And like Wier and Most of his detractors focus on his Astrology andor the possibility of working with demons while using his talismans saying that an outside entity causes the talisman to work hence demonic assistance Also Ficino s orphic singingmusic could be considered an invocation if words were used and not only music Walker then gives a uick look at the Telesian philosophers I believe the biggest deal on them was their idea which was different from Ficino that the stars were of fire rather than spirit which then had a big influence on Campanella Campanella s ideas were fascinating in that in order to avert the possibility of say an astrological disaster he would create an entire universe in a sealed Room With Lights And Open Flames Representing with lights and open flames representing planets and stars as well as usiing appropriate incenses and flowers etc to maintain a perfect and safe microcosm while the adverse conditiion outside of the room went through its phase Whereas Ficino would work with talismans to bring in planetary influences to empower and benefit a person Campanella would literally create a living talismatic self contained sphere Pretty incredible and worth investigating further In fact the whole idea sort of reminds me of the basis of Aleister Crowley s Moonchild Overall this book is an incredible resource and should be read by any interested in Renaissance thought and magic It makes a great spring board for either delving into certain personalities deeper or investigating the neo platonic and hermetic influences in greater depth Good background and overview to Renaissance spiritual beliefs and fads I m no real fan of Ficino so this book s focus left me cold Honestly I enjoyed the footnotes than the text Like his colleague Frances Yates Walker writes about Renaissance magic with great clarity making the esoteric topic accessible to non specialist readers I had to pay close attention but I enjoyed the read immensely As a big fan of Dame Frances Yates I found it highly important to read this work as Walker is a mentor of hers and as they both reviewed and relied heavily upon one an others works I wish that I had approached this work with a stronger understanding of Neoplatonic and other early classical sciences and philosophies I am currently working to remedy this lack of knowledge and will tackle Walkers work fresh when this is accomplished The above being said this work has been indispensable in helping me to understand the relationships of the elements of Spirit Soul and World and how these three principles permeate and inform all aspects of the manifested world as medieval and classical authors understood them This alone has been an incalculable asset to my studies. Ew introduction by Brian Copenhaver one of our leading experts on the place of magic in intellectual history DP Walker 1914 1985 was trained at Oxford and spent most of his career at the Warburg Institute of the University of London His other books are The Decline of Hell Warburg 1964 The Ancient Theology Duckworth 1972 and Unclean Spirits Possession and Exorcism in France and England in the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries Scolar 198. I thoroughly enjoyed this Not a LIGHT READ IN TERMS OF SUBJECT read in terms of subject though By No Means Obscurely Written no means obscurely written difficult but one can see why this has the status of a classic amongst Renaissance scholars Shows its age in the assumption that the reader has at least a reading knowledge of Latin and French but in little else Delightful While the book is indeed a classic and fills in a vital gap in the field I would not call it an introductory book especially if ou have a weak Renaissance background Prior to picking up this volume it would probably benefit the reader to consult an encyclopedia article on Medieval and Renaissance magic how they thought it worked and to do some light background reading on the major magicians especially the ones he discusses It is also a book best read under the guidance of a professor or specialist in the field as it raises a lot of enticing and deep uestions my head is still reeling It is helpful if Kubernetes in Action you read Latin French Greek and Italian in order to get the full content of the book without Latin kissour comprehension of the footnotes goodbye In this landmark study DP Walker of the Warburg Institute single handedly initiated the etic academic study of Western esotericism by exploring the relationships between the philosophies and magical practices of Renaissance thinkers such as Marsilio Ficino 1433 1499 Giovanni Pico della Mirandola1463 1494 practices of Renaissance thinkers such as Marsilio Ficino 1433 1499 Giovanni Pico della Mirandola1463 1494 Agrippa 1486 1535 and Tommaso Campanella 1568 1639 Of primary interest to me was Walker s extensive mapping out of the theoretical foundations upon which Ficino s and all subseuent Hermetic magicians practices rested He manages to effectively chart the fluctuations between so called natural and demonic magic during the Renaissan Wonderful book probably the best introduction to the subject I ve seen although it was obviously written for those who are already familiar with the topic I read this after reading Yate s Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic T This book is an ongoing conversation about neoplatonism and magic which probably took place in the context of the Warburg Institute between Dame Yates and Walker and many unacknowledged others A review published Mar 27 2012 by Ayinyhvh sums up much of what I might say That review or another recommends the book be read under the guidance of a professor which is not a luxury any book should afford A librarian echoed this and much to my amazement suggested that someone up at Berkeley might take the time to explain it to me Instead I am pursuing another tangent of independent study read other books on the topic and read works by the same author The early chapters of the book pertain to music and the magical uses of music They were independent articles gathered into the larger book and if ou are interested in th. First published by the Warburg Institute in 1958 this book is considered a landmark in Renaissance studies Whereas most scholars had tended to view magic as a marginal subject Walker showed that magic was one of the most typical creations of the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries Walker takes readers through the magical concerns of some of the greatest thinkers of the Renaissance from Marsilio Ficino Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Jacues Lef. E history of music and theories about why it effects us as it does I would recommend them I think it a struggle for moderns or post moderns to recognize how rhetoric was once a thriving part of curriculum and public thought Certainly our consideration of how language and music has shifted to the visual It s fascinating to think that this book was written after WWII Much scholarship has the visual It s fascinating to think that this book was written after WWII Much scholarship has on the role of the media in the rise of the Third ReichPlacing this book in historical context is an exercise Walker does not perform for the many people he discusses in the book Most of the names are unfamiliar unless of course ou have a background in Renaissance religious history There is little attempt made to give dates location or context beyond book publication dates Frances Yates might be considered a background read for the book and I have started another Walker book which may clarify the Neoplatonist context I will have to do background reading to comprehend and critically understand this book because it is clearly not accessible to me at this time As another review warns many of the footnotes which back his statements are in Latin Greek Italian and French The soul spirit distinction is interesting and the varying forms of pantheism panentheism and animism discussed within the text Normally one would read the sources cited by the author but the traditions of Yates time and place lead me to one would read the sources cited by the author but the traditions of Yates time and place lead me to that this will not be a productive or easy strategy Yates wasn t inclined to clearly site her influences and contemporaries might be mentioned in the foreword but not specifically within the text It s one of the reasons she s been so disrespected Walker might share this because I see very little direct reference to contemporary papers and people However Walker is held in higher respect than Yates This book is an introductory study on Renaissance philosophy and magic focusing on Marsilio Ficino and his influence during the 15th through 17th centuries Ficino was a very interesting man who to me somewhat embodies the Renaissance scholar He was a Neo Platonist in philosophy having translated many works in that vein as well as influenced deeply by the Hermetic writers He was also deeply interested in Astrology and talismatic magic all of which along with music form the basis of his magicalphilosophical systemAfter getting the basis of his system described Walker then begins to show the influence Ficino s ideas had on other philosophers Of those influenced Cornelius Agrippa and his Three Books of Occult Philosophy are of the most interest Many of Ficino s ideas are included even if not accredited and Agrippa expands on Ficino in directions he wouldn t do so openly for fear of being accused of working with demons Agrippa obviously didn t have an. Evre d'Etaples to Jean Bodin Francis Bacon and Tommaso Campanella Ultimately he demonstrates that magic was interconnected with religion music and medicine all of which were central to the Renaissance notion of spiritus Remarkable for its clarity of writing this book is still considered essential reading for students seeking to understand the assumptions beliefs and convictions that informed the thinking of the Renaissance This edition features a Spiritual and Demonic Magic From Ficino to Campanella