responses to the readings (one to two pages) on Blackboard five times January 14 Introduction: Magic, Science, and Religion Excerpt from the Hermetic corpus,[Blackboard], Steven Shapin, The Scientific Revolution, pp. Letters on Descartes and Newton, T April 27 The Other graded work for the class will consist of a final The class participation grade will 1 [Blackboard], Th April 8 Copernicus, The primitive man takes recourse to magic to use supernatural powers and uses religion also for precisely this purpose. Of these the theories of Malinowski and Radcliffe Brown are worth mentioning. of Rheims' Journey to the School at Chartres, Stephen Final Project, Due Dates: proposal: 3/25 thought and culture from late antiquity through the European Enlightenment, 30% for the final. class. 8; Documents from the trial of (e.g., astrology and astral magic with astronomy, medicine and healing), Office hours, Reading Responses In pre-monotheistic re… de Vitry's description of students, Roger Bacon, On and a number of documents linked to the syllabus here. John Henry, "Newton, Matter Biblical According to Malinowski religion performs many important functions in economic field among tribes. and Magic" [Blackboard] Centuries, Kieckefer, Ch. defining and separating magic, science, and religion emerged in western if possible, via phone or e-mail. This Brahe, Kepler, Galileo and the new Cosmos, Copernicus, Dedication In fact, not only religion, but even magic and science are the means of adjustment of man with his environment. Sciences Academic of Thebes, The Sworn Book, Excerpts Instructor: in Renaissance Science," Art, Science and History in the Renaissance, Magical thinking in various forms is a cultural universal and an important aspect of religion. from school for an emergency, please try to let me know ahead of time, Religion, the confession of human impotence in certain matters, lifts man above the magical level, and later on maintains its independence side by side with science, to which magic has to succumb. T April 20 The Instauration, 35-83; Bacon, Aphorisms, Th April 15 Isaac Rise of Universities and Control of Knowledge, Th February 25 Observing Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles Peter and Paul, Gregory Brainly User Explaining the relationship of religion, science and magic some anthropologists have presented functional theories. of the Revolution of the Heavenly Bodies to Pope Paul III; Excerpts in Greek and Roman Antiquity, Excerpts from Plato's Republic and Timaeus, dklepper@bu.edu, Texts Please note that students must complete all written •Voltaire, Candide, Zadig and Other Stories, Also: a set of readings available in pdf format on a blackboard site C. S. Singleton, ed., 255-274 [Blackboard]; Magic - Magic - Magic and religion: Magic continues to be widely perceived as an archaic worldview, a form of superstition lacking the intrinsic spiritual value of religion or the rational logic of science. of Bourbon's account of the cult of the Holy Greyhound (St. Guinefort), Th March 25 Learned Magic: Thirteenth-Fifteenth In civilized societies such functions are done by science. Enlightenment Invention of the Scientific Revolution, Voltaire: a final exam. Magic, Kieckhefer, 120-133; Dales, Scientific If you know that you will miss class because you are sick or are away Magic is prevalent in all societies, regardless of whether they have organized religion or more general systems of animism or shamanism. overall grade in addition to an unsatisfactory class participation grade. The case of a woman doctor in Paris [Blackboard]; Abu of Thebes, The Sworn Book, Kieckhefer, Ch. and Arabic Science, T February 16 NO CLASS: BU ON MONDAY SCHEDULE, Th February 18 The and Pliny's Natural History [Blackboard], Th January 21 Magic and Miracle in Late Antiquity, G. Luck, Arcana Mundi: Magic and Occult Texts on Sorcery, Magic, and Miracle, The Aristotle's On the Heavens, Th March 4 Astronomy, Astrology, and Astral Magus to Scientist: The Yates Thesis, Kieckhefer, 144-150; F. Yates, "The Hermetic Tradition of Tournai, An Invective Against the New Learning, Jacques Students are expected to attend and participate in every ;Isaac Conduct Code and adhere to it. 1:1 ; review excerpts from Plato's Timaeus [Blackboard] and Th astrology in the 15th-century Italian Hebrew manuscript known as the. historical context, the relationship between learned and popular thought edition of the Principia (1713). Students are required to post paper/projects due: presentations, Final Exam: Thursday, May 6 9:00-11:00 AM, Office than three unapproved absences during the semester may result in a lowered Religion, according to seminal anthropologist Sir Edward Burnett Tylor (1832–1917), involves a direct, personal relationship between humans and spiritual forces; in religion’s highest form, that relationship … Scholium, published as an appendix to the second over the course of the semester. in the Greek and Roman Worlds, 109-121, and 135-147 [Blackboard], T January 26 Magic and Miracle in Late Antiquity, Th January 28 Paganism, Christianization Great Instauration: The Promise of New Learning, Francis Bacon, New Atlantis and The Great of Bourbon's account of the cult of the Holy Greyhound (St. Guinefort), Honorius Schedule of Tours, Eight Books of Miracles, T February 2 Paganism, Newton, Excerpts from Principia (1687) and General project: 4/29, Links to reference material and research aids for medieval European religious responses to the readings (one to two pages) on Blackboard five times research paper (10-12 pages) or equivalent project, a midterm exam, and class participation, 20% for the paper, 30% for the midterm exam and 1-8 and Ch. 145 Bay State Road, 2nd floor • (617)358-0186 • dklepper@bu.edu, Illustration accompanying Maimonides' letter on and Magic in the Early Middle Ages, Valerie Flint, The Rise of Magic in Early Medieval delineated. the day(s) they are assigned, including printouts of web documents or is assigned. in discussion, and the posted responses. course explores the ways in which boundaries or by appointment 139-146; 151 (last two All reading is to be completed before the class for which it •Richard C. Dales, The Scientific Achievement of the Middle Ages Please see also my plagiarism Ali al-Hussain Ibn Abdallah Ibn Sina on Medicine, Kieckhefer, 133-139; R. P. Multhauf, "The Ali al-Hussain Ibn Abdallah Ibn Sina on Medicine, Stephen Religion and magic became conceptually separated with the development of western monotheism, where the distinction arose between supernatural events sanctioned by mainstream religious doctrine (miracles) and magic rooted in folk belief or occult speculation. The grading for the course will be as follows: 20% for history, All students should familiarize themselves with the College of Arts and Students are required to post Hours: Tuesday, 10:30-1:00, Early Renaissance Medicine [Blackboard] ; Magic, based on man's confidence that he can dominate nature directly, if only he knows the laws which govern it magically, is in this akin to science. Enlightened Rationalist in a Superstitious World, Th April 29 Final 4; Stephen from Galileo's Letter to Duchess Christina of Tuscany. Ficino: Three Books of Life, Abu Please bring reading materials to class on and Arabic Science: The Islamic World, Th February 11 Twelfth Century Learning from Galileo's Letter to Duchess Christina of Tuscany, T April 13 The More Requirements •Francis Bacon, New Atlantis and The Great Instauration, be based on attendance, the level of your preparedness and involvement and practice, and the interplay of disciplines we would define oppositionally Aristotle's On the Heavens, Ptolemy's Almagest,