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Occult Sciences
The Philosophy of Magic, Prodigies and Apparent Miracles

Volume 1

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Francois Arago
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  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108044301

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  • This examination of the connection between the belief in miracles and religious practices in ancient times was originally written by French politician and polymath Anne-Joseph-Eusèbe Baconnière de Salverte (1771–1839) and published in 1829. In 1846, it was translated into English by a Scottish physician and writer, Anthony Todd Thomson (1778–1849), and published in two volumes. Thomson explains that Salverte's work was an important study of miracles and the power of priests, and he had 'performed a beneficial service in throwing open the gates of ancient sanctuaries'. However, Thomson also states that he differed from Salverte over the idea of the miraculous, and that he had expunged or heavily edited any passages relating to Christianity, even changing 'miracles' in the original subtitle to 'apparent miracles'. Volume 1 begins with a consideration of human credulity before discussing magic in the ancient world, and offering explanations for supernatural phenomena.

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    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108044301
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    A biographical sketch of M. Salverte Francois Arago
    Preface by the editor
    1. Man is credulous because he is naturally sincere
    2. Difference between miracles and prodigies
    3. Enumeration and discussion of causes
    4. Real but rare phenomena successfully held up as prodigies proceeding from the intervention of a divine power, and believed because men were ignorant that a phenomenon could be local and periodical
    5. Magic
    6. Trial of skill between the thaumaturgists
    7. Errors mingled with the positive truths of science
    8. Safeguards of the mystery that surrounded the occult sciences
    9. Notwithstanding the rivalry of religious sects, the spirit of a fixed form of civilization existed
    10. Enumeration of the wonders that the thaumaturgists acquired the power of working, by the practice of the occult science
    11. Apparent miracles performed by mechanism
    12. Acoustics
    13. Optics
    14. Hydrostatics
    15. Secrets employed in working apparent miracles, in initiations, and in religious rites
    16. Secrets to work upon the senses of the animals.

  • Author

    Eusèbe Salverte

    Editor and Translator

    Anthony Todd Thomson


    Francois Arago

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