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Balthasar Bekker and the decline of the witch-craze: The old demonology and the new philosophy

Attfield, Robin 1985. Balthasar Bekker and the decline of the witch-craze: The old demonology and the new philosophy. Annals of Science 42 (4) , pp. 383-395. 10.1080/00033798500200421

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Abstract

Through a survey of the discussions of the decline of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century witch-craze of Hugh Trevor-Roper, Keith Thomas and Brian Easlea, the role and impact of Balthasar Bekker, a seventeenth-century Dutch Cartesian, is shown to have been under-estimated, and not inconsiderable.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BT Doctrinal Theology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
D History General and Old World > DH Netherlands (The Low Countries)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Uncontrolled Keywords: Balthasar Bekker, witch-craze, Cartesianism, demonology, Enlightenment, Calvinism, historical role of ideas
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0003-3790
Funders: University College, Cardiff
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:12
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/49596

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