The physical prophet and the powers of the imagination. Part II: a case-study on dowsing and the naturalisation of the moral, 1685-1710Report as inadecuate




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Abstract : Relying on the results of the fist paper of this pair Vermeir, 2004, which argued the importance of theories of the imagination in debates on divination, I unearth the role of the imagination in a discussion on dowsing. References to the imagination often stayed implicit because of its negative associations, but I show in detail how the imagination was used to negotiate between the material and the spiritual, and between the natural, the supernatural and the moral. Natural philosophers, theologians as well as moralists struggled for authority over divinatory phenomena. The debate evolved around the questions whether moral states could be naturalised and whether subtle material vapours could have moral qualities.

Keywords : Dowsing Divination Imagination Spirit Body Physiology Contagion Magic Occult Vapours Preternatural Natural philosophy Moral philosophy





Author: Koen Vermeir -

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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