Sci 5 - Class 5 Tuesday, April 15, 2008 12:35 PM Through...

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Class 5 Tuesday, April 15, 2008 12:35 PM Through Aristotillian snhesis Reconciling fiath and reason Openminded Scholastic High middle ages 1000-1400 Church is pushing to apply Aristotle, shaking the old wa of Charlemagne's way of thinking/learning Makes accommodation with high magic as well Low magic practiced by illiterates Not organized, passed on orally Potions, curses are a favorite Popular character, so it's "low" People want to know that these spells work, they don't care bout the why just that it works High magic is different It wants to understand untellectual principles that makes the magic possible Alchemists for instance Involved in creating new kinds of laboratory equipment They wanted to understand the WHY And looked to Aristotle for the why The church took aristotle and welded it into orld view of catholic church
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So alchemy based on aristotle, science, magic and religion all working together in aristitilian harness Now late middle ages This world view was partly made possible because chruch was in charge and it was easy for them to screen the information that they didn't like they didn't have to worry about any discrepancies Later on, if finds itself in a more defensive position Up until 1400, hermetic philosophy at worst was just a fraud, but never thought to accuse them of heresy, and not they throw it routinely at the magi Secret occult figure the chruch is suspiscious of and demonize Hermes Trismegistus The Pimander 1471 The entire work is many volumes Corpus Hermeticum Scholars now date these texts to 1st and 2nd C CE Pimander foundational text for all Renaissance Magic and key to Western occultism Washes up on Italy in 15th C as ppl are fleeing Byzantium and taking ibrary on they're backs, migrating into Italy, source of the Renaissance of Italy Pagan learning in the form of art Littered with magic preserved from all cultures All complied in Corpus Hermeticum Foundational text for all magic in Renaissance Emerald Tablet Sum up what a Hermetic practice
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That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing and just all things come from this One Thing through the meditation of One Mind so do all created things originate from this One Thing through Transformation You can take a floewr and through this flower ascend to the highest, the one from which the flower originally descends Takes Hermetic philosopher means divine perfection the gold has essence of sun Brings purifying spiritual energy into the workd As you purify the gold, you're also purifying yourself Creating a presense in physical realm of energy of the one But really, that sounds like religion The One is God, or it should be But these guys aren't talking about God, they're using their mind and intellect to find this
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This note was uploaded on 06/04/2008 for the course HIST 2D taught by Professor Raia during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.

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