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Universal Music, Universal Magic: Esoteric Thought in Athanasius Kircher's Musurgia Universalis (2019)


While scholars have increasingly studied the works of Jesuit polymath Athanasius Kircher works, his 1650 treatise on music, Musurgia universalis, has received relatively little attention. Even less well-studied is the esoteric knowledge contained therein, despite its importance to the treatise as a whole. In this dissertation, I explore the different types of esoteric knowledge in the treatise, arguing that their inclusion demonstrates the rigor of Kircher's philosophical system. Kircher also uses esoteric knowledge to guide the reader in contemplation of deeper wisdom and understanding of God. Finally, Kircher uses esoteric concepts and topics to provoke wonder in the reader to demonstrate Kircher's virtuosic learning and ensure glory both for the Jesuits and for God.

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Authors & Contributors
Ziller Camenietzki, Carlos
Daxecker, Franz
Stolzenberg, Daniel
Waddell, Mark A.
Carolino, Luís Miguel
Tanay, Dorit E.
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
European Legacy
Giornale Critico della Filosofia Italiana
Gütersloher Verlagshaus
University of Michigan Press
Harrassowitz Verlag
Science and religion
Natural philosophy
Earth sciences
Kircher, Athanasius
Erastus, Thomas
Luther, Martin
Plattes, Gabriel
Palissy, Bernard
Andreä, Johann Valentin
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
Early modern
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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