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Title: Magical approaches to the Passions in seventeenth-century England
Author: Cummins, Alexander
ISNI:       0000 0004 5917 9500
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2015
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This dissertation studies how seventeenth-century English occult philosophy and magical practice approached, apprehended, and attempted to affect the emotions. It analyses how these early modern people used magic to map, manipulate, and manage emotionality: how the classical elements and humoural theory were used to build up profiles of temperament and emotional proclivities; how divination was used to diagnose particular passional states, relationships, and processes; how ritual and sorcery was used to provoke and galvanise these imbalances and their consequent effects on body, mind, soul, and personal volition; and how magical objects, regimen, and regulatory practices were deployed to constrain and ameliorate passional imbalances.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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