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Chapter Four - Magic and the Origins of Science The...

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Magic and the Origins of Science The Scientific Revolution and the Origins of Modern Science Chapter 4 Magic and the Origins of Modern Science a) Rejecting “irrational” contributions to science i) Some “historians of science” (54) will not accept that ideas of magic  affected the development of science. ii) Those who present arguments in against magical contributions are  prejudiced or lack understanding of the magical tradition. b) Magical traditions were rediscovered and researched during the  Renaissance. i) A rediscovery of ancient Neoplatonic writings (especially by Hermes  Trismegistus) contributed to magic ideas. ii) Aristotelian philosophers and Neoplatonizing philosophers developed  “a more spiritual or demonic form of magic” (55). iii) Natural magic was the dominant aspect of the magical traditions. (1) Natural magic introduces the idea that objects have hidden powers  to affect other things. (2) Knowledge of nature was important to natural magicians. c) Magic since the 18 th  century is essentially a leftover science. i) “Only God could bring about supernatural events” (55) ii) Science evolved to include an explanation for events that we did not  previously know about, and natural magic is no longer such a tradition. d) Technology was linked to magic during the Middle Ages and the 
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