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22 - Magic

from Part III - Dividing the Study of Nature
This chapter describes magic by one of its most voluble advocates, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, a German physician and philosopher. No one knew the risks and rewards of magic better than Agrippa. His notorious handbook, De occulta philosophia, had been circulated in manuscript by 1510, though it was printed only in 1533, over the complaints of Dominican inquisitors. Words, images, and experience, especially vicarious experience stored in books, confirmed the magical powers of physical objects, natural objects such as magnets, peonies, and dragons, and artificial objects such as rings, amulets, and automata. New modes of visualization, assisted by new arts of picturing, eventually helped to make magic a mere spectacle, an illusion, ready for the hilarious disclosure of its emptiness by the French dramatist Moliére. By the time Robert Hooke published his microscopic investigations, the mechanical philosophy had established itself as the new standard of intelligibility in natural philosophical explanation.
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