Thesis ID: CBB623994805

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


Jensen, Amanda (Author)
Zanovello, Giovanni (Advisor)

Indiana University
Zanovello, Giovanni
Publication date: 2019
Language: English

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 389

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
Carolino, Luís Miguel
Ciancio, Luca
Daxecker, Franz
Evans, Harry B.
Fletcher, Elizabeth
Fletcher, John Edward
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
Yale University
Gütersloher Verlagshaus
Harrassowitz Verlag
Science and religion
Natural philosophy
Earth sciences
Natural history
Kircher, Athanasius
Casati, Paolo
Erastus, Thomas
Fabri, Honoré
Galilei, Galileo
Gautruche, Pierre
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
Early modern
Rome (Italy)
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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