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by Nancy Mandeville Caciola Cornell University Press (March 31, 2016)

Simultaneously real and unreal, the dead are people, yet they are not. The society of medieval Europe developed a rich set of imaginative traditions about death and the afterlife, using the dead as a point of...

Living Buddhism

by Julia L. Cassaniti Cornell University Press (October 27, 2015)

In Living Buddhism, Julia Cassaniti explores Buddhist ideas of impermanence, nonattachment, and intention as they are translated into everyday practice in contemporary Thailand. Although most lay people find...

A kingdom of stargazers

by Michael A. Ryan Cornell University Press (September 15, 2011)

Astrology in the Middle Ages was considered a branch of the magical arts, one informed by Jewish and Muslim scientific knowledge in Muslim Spain. As such it was deeply troubling to some Church authorities. Using...

The occult mind

by Christopher I. Lehrich Cornell University Press (August 24, 2012)

"Given the historical orientation of philosophy, is it unreasonable to suggest a wider cast of the net into the deep waters of magic? By encountering magical thought as theory, we come to a new understanding...

Desperate Magic

by Valerie A. Kivelson Cornell University Press

In the courtrooms of seventeenth-century Russia, the great majority of those accused of witchcraft were male, in sharp contrast to the profile of accused witches across Catholic and Protestant Europe in the...

The secret history of Hermes Trismegistus

by Florian Ebeling, David Lorton & Jan Assmann Cornell University Press (September 01, 2011)

"Perhaps Hermeticism has fascinated so many people precisely because it has made it possible to produce many analogies and relationships to various traditions: to Platonism in its many varieties, to Stoicism,...