Frances Yates  

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"The basic difference between the attitude of the magician to the world and the attitude of the scientist to the world is that the former wants to draw the world into himself, whilst the scientist does just the opposite, he externalizes and impersonalizes the world ... Hence, may it not be supposed, when mechanics and mathematics took over from animism and magic, it was this internalisation, this intimate connection of the mens with the world, which had to be avoided at all costs. And, hence, it may be suggested, through the necessity for this strong reaction, the mistake arose of allowing the problem of mind to fall so completely out of step and so far behind the problem of matter in the external world and how it works ... This bad start of the problem of knowledge has never quite been made up."--Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition (1964) by Frances Yates

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Frances Yates (November 28, 1899 – September 29, 1981) was a noted British historian. She taught at the Warburg Institute of the University of London for many years.

She wrote extensively on the occult or neoplatonist philosophies of the Renaissance. Her books Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition (1964), The Art of Memory (1966), and The Rosicrucian Enlightenment (1971) are major works. She dealt with traditions whose remoteness she could not eliminate, even while she made them more understandable.


  • John Florio: The Life of an Italian in Shakespeare's England (1934)
  • A study of Love's labour's lost (1936)
  • The French Academies of the Sixteenth Century (1947)
  • The Valois Tapestries (1959)
  • Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition (1964) ISBN 9780226950075
  • The Art of Memory (1966) ISBN 9780226950013
  • Theatre of the World (1969)
  • The Rosicrucian Enlightenment (1972)
  • Astraea : The Imperial Theme in the Sixteenth Century (1975)
  • Shakespeare's Last Plays: A New Approach (1975)
  • The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age (1979)
  • Lull and Bruno (1982) Collected Essays I
  • Renaissance and Reform : The Italian Contribution (1983) Collected Essays II
  • Ideas and Ideals in the North European Renaissance (1984) Collected Essays III

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