Defining nature's limits
the Roman inquisition and the boundaries of science
- ISBN: 9780226819426
- Editorial: University of Chicago Press
- Fecha de la edición: 2023
- Lugar de la edición: Chicago. Estados Unidos de Norteamérica
- Encuadernación: Cartoné
- Medidas: 23 cm
- Nº Pág.: 288
- Idiomas: Inglés
A look at the history of censorship, science, and magic from the Middle Ages to the post-Reformation era.
Neil Tarrant challenges conventional thinking by looking at the longer history of censorship, considering a five-hundred-year continuity of goals and methods stretching from the late eleventh century to well into the sixteenth.
Unlike earlier studies, Defining Nature's Limits engages the history of both learned and popular magic. Tarrant explains how the church developed a program that sought to codify what was proper belief through confession, inquisition, and punishment and prosecuted what they considered superstition or heresy that stretched beyond the boundaries of religion. These efforts were continued by the Roman Inquisition, established in 1542. Although it was designed primarily to combat Protestantism, from the outset the new institution investigated both practitioners of "illicit" magic and inquiries into natural philosophy, delegitimizing certain practices and thus shaping the development of early modern science. Describing the dynamics of censorship that continued well into the post-Reformation era, Defining Nature's Limits is revisionist history that will interest scholars of the history science, the history of magic, and the history of the church alike.
Introduction: Magic, Science, and the Counter-Reformation
The Origins of the Inquisition of Magic
The Dominican Order and the Construction of Orthodox Magic
The Inquisition of Learned Magic in the Fourteenth Century
Mendicant Reform and the Inquisition of Magic
The Crisis of Papal Authority and Observant Reform, 1378-1500
The Pursuit of Superstition in an Age of Reform, 1500-1517
The Reformation: Trent and the Establishment of the Roman Inquisition, 1517-49
Between Trent and the Roman Inquisition, 1549-64
Conclusion: The Ambiguities of Censorship in Post-Tridentine Italy