Succour for a Fallen World: Magic and the Powers of Spirit in Johann Nikolaus Martius’s Unterricht von der Magia Naturali (1717)

Michael Pickering
This article considers the intellectual currents within an under-examined text by the Braunschweig physician, Johann Nikolaus Martius. Ostensibly a medical text about the ways in which sympathetic magic could be marshalled to provide remedies for common ailments, I suggest that we might read the document as a cosmological treatise that positions its author within a religiously heterodox milieu. Research to date has not yet considered the central importance of Christian Thomasius’s pneumatology for Martius’s theory...
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