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Thinking with Demons: The Idea of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europeby Stuart Clark
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This major work offers a new interpretation of the witchcraft beliefs of European intellectuals between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries, showing how these beliefs fitted rationally with other beliefs of the period and how far the nature of rationality is dependent on its historical context.
Aiming to illuminate the intellectual and cultural history of early modern Europe, Stuart Clark interprets witchcraft beliefs of European intellectuals based on their publications, and shows how these beliefs fitted rationally with many other views current in 15th-18th century Europe.
Table of Contents
PART I : LANGUAGE 1. Witchcraft and Language 2. Festivals and Sabbaths 3. Dual Classification 4. Contrariety 5. Inversion
6. The Devil, God's Ape 7. Witchcraft and Wit-Craft 8. Women and Witchcraft 9. Unstable Meanings
PART II : SCIENCE 10. Witchcraft and science 11. The Devil in Nature 12. The Causes of Witchcraft 13. Believers and Sceptics 14. Natural Magic 15. Demonic Magic 16. Prerogative Instances (1) 17. Prerogative Instances (2) 18. The Magical Power of Signs 19. Witchcraft and the Scientific Revolution
PART III: HISTORY 20. Witchcraft and History 21. Postremus Furor Satanae 22. Eschatology 23. The Life and Times of the Antichrist 24. The Witch as Portent 25. Witch-Cleansing 26. Understanding Possession 27. Possession, Exorcism, and History
28. Before Loudun
PART IV: RELIGION 29. Witchcraft anRd Religion 30. Cases of Conscience 31. Popular Magic 32. Superstition 33. Reformation
34. Acculturation by Text 35. Protestant Witchcraft, Catholic Witchcraft
PART V: POLITICS 36. Politics and Witchcraft 37. Magistrates and Witches 38. Inviolability 39. The Charisma of Office 40. Mystical Politics 41. Marvellous Monarchy 42. Spectacles of Disenchantment 43. Kingcraft and Witchcraft 44. Bodin's Political Demonology
Postscript Bibliography Index
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