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York 2015-03-05: Magic and Intellectual History
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Magic and Intellectual History

Thursday 5th March 2015 - CREMS, University of York, UK

Call for Papers
A day symposium Keynote speaker: Dr Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck)

This symposium will explore the place of magic in the intellectual culture of early modern England and Europe. It will focus on how magic was perceived and understood in philosophical, religious and scientific thought, and the ambivalence that surrounded it as topics of scholarship.

Papers might attend to the following:

How did early modern thought accommodate magic into its disciplines?
Why was magic the object of so much elite scientific and philosophical thought?
Magic and the study of nature
Magic and the ineffable
Redefining the parameters of magic
Magic and religion.
The occult and hidden operations of nature
Scepticism and magical thought
Magic and language / magic and metaphor
Literature and the portrayal of magic
Magic and the devil
Magicians and their day-jobs.

Call for Papers: Abstracts by 15th October (c. 250 words)
Contact: Kevin Killeen, kevin.killeen@york.ac.uk

This symposium is part of a diffuse and ongoing Thomas Browne Seminar that has digressed quite far: http://www.york.ac.uk/english/news-events/browne/
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for contact information etc. concerning hck (Heinrich C. Kuhn): see http://www.phil-hum-ren.uni-muenchen.de/php/Kuhn/
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