The Occult Laboratory: WITH Robert Kirk's "The Secret Commonwealth" and Other Texts - Magic, Science and Second Sight in Late Seventeenth-century Scot

The Occult Laboratory: WITH Robert Kirk's "The Secret Commonwealth" and Other Texts - Magic, Science and Second Sight in Late Seventeenth-century Scot

By: Michael Hunter (editor)Hardback

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The uncanny ability of certain individuals to foresee future events had long been regarded as a characteristic of the Scottish Highlands, but in the late seventeenth century interest in the phenomenon came to a head, stimulated by English scientific and philosophical curiosity about magic, particularly second sight. The natural philosopher Robert Boyle and other English savants investigated these Highland beliefs; they found the region a kind of laboratory, strange yet accessible, where data about unusual beliefs could be collected and theories tested. Scottish authors were also stimulated to write accounts of second sight, notably John Fraser, Dean of the Isles, and the Highland minister, Robert Kirk (1644-92), in his famous work, "The Secret Commonwealth". These and other texts are included in this book, making available crucial information about belief systems which might otherwise never have been recorded, and illuminating changing contemporary attitudes towards the relationship between the natural and the supernatural. Contents include: an interview with Lord Tarbat, 3 Oct 1678 (Robert Boyle); a collection of Highland Rites and Costume's; "The Secret Commonwealth" (Robert Kirk) "Letter to Joh Aubrey on Second Sight"; "Letter to Samuel Pepys on Second Sight" (John Fraser); "Questionnaires and Responses" (Edward Lhuyd and Robert Wodrow, John Fraser and John Maclean); and introductory material (33pp) by Michael Hunter. Michael Hunter is a Professor of History, Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Contents

Robert Boyle's notes on his interview with Lord Tarbat, 3 October 1678; "A Collection of Highland Rights and Customs"; Robert Kirk's "The Secret Commonwealth"; James Garden's letters to John Aubrey; Samuel Pepys's collection of letters on second sight; John Fraser's "Aeutepoakonia"; Edward Lhuyd's and Robert Wodrow's questionnaires and the responses of John Fraser and John MacLean. Appendix - quotations of biblical passages cited in the texts.

Product Details

  • publication date: 29/03/2001
  • ISBN13: 9780851158013
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780851158013
  • weight: 735
  • ISBN10: 0851158013

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