By Lynn Thorndike
1905. This ebook is quantity XXIV, number one of the reviews in background, Economics and Public legislations sequence edited via the school of political technology of Columbia college. Contents: illustrations of trust in magic in medieval and in early glossy occasions; magic, its origins and family to technology; Pliny's average heritage; a few antecedents of the assumption in magic within the Roman Empire; trust in magic within the Empire; critics of magic; final century of the Empire.
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Spirit is defined by physicians as a vapor: sanguineous, pure, subtle, hot and shiny. Produced from the thinnest blood by the heart's heat, it flies away to the brain and enables the soul to use actively both the internal and external senses. The most elaborate definition is in the treatise De vita coelitus comparanda: 2 spirit is a very thin body, almost nonbody and already almost soul; or almost nonsoul and almost body. In its composition there is a minimum of a terrestrial, a little more of an aquatic, and still more of an aerial nature.
For the present, let us go back to the sources of Ficino's doctrine of incorporation, a doctrine that explains to some degree the close relation between man and the world. As with pneumato-phantasmology-an ancient discipline-this time astrology engendered the hypothesis of a prenatal cosmic knowledge impressed on the soul and determining the destiny of the individual person. , this idea coalesced with the story of the incorporation of the soul, its descent onto earth, and its return to the heavens .
Quite rightly, mention has been made of a "semantic reversal," a reverse valorization of the pathologic symptoms described by the Greco-Arab materia medica. 61 Even the locus amoenus, recommended in the treatment of hereos love, reappears in Proven<;al poetry, as we know. We must deduce from this that the phenomenon of courtly love results from a warped purpose that brought about a shift of emphasis concerning the concept of health as defined by medical science at the time. Through this Umwertung, the gloomy equilibrium of psychic forces recommended by learned treatises was transformed into a sickness of the intellect, whereas, on the contrary, the spiritual sickness induced by love ended by being extolled as the real health of body and soul.