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Albertus, "Magnus" or Magus? Magic, natural philosophy, and religious reform in the late middle ages.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20527358     Owner:  HMD     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article analyzes the fifteenth-century attempt by the Dominican order, especially in Cologne, to win canonization for the thirteenth-century natural philosopher Albert the Great. It shows how Albert's thought on natural philosophy and magic was understood and variously applied, how the Dominicans at Cologne composed his vitae, and how the order's Observant movement participated in these developments. It situates the canonization attempt at the intersection of two significant trends in which the order was a leading participant: first, the late medieval efforts to reform Christian society beginning with the religious life of monks and mendicants; second, the increasing concerns about the practice of learned and demonic mafic that laid groundwork for the witch-hunting of the early modern period. This article aims to shed light on intersections of science and religion -- their apprehension and negotiation -- at a decisive moment in European history for both fields of human endeavor.
David J Collins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Renaissance quarterly     Volume:  63     ISSN:  0034-4338     ISO Abbreviation:  Renaiss Q     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-08     Completed Date:  2010-06-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0126513     Medline TA:  Renaiss Q     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-44     Citation Subset:  Q    
Georgetown Univ.
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MeSH Terms
Astrology / history,  psychology
Europe / ethnology
Germany / ethnology
History, 15th Century
History, 16th Century
History, Medieval
Magic* / history,  psychology
Manuscripts as Topic* / history
Philosophy* / history
Religion and Science*
Social Change* / history
Witchcraft / history,  psychology
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Magnus Saint Albertus

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