Friday, November 18, 2011

Where did PKD get his ideas about Giordano Bruno?

(under construction)

What did Dick read about Bruno and Hermeticism?

Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition
Frances Yates

(discuss how Yates invented a Hermetic tradition in a speculative move worthy of PKD)

Giordano Bruno; his life and thought
Dorothea Waley Singer

Giordano Bruno by Walter Pater

PKD doesn't seem to have been interested in Crowley or Golden Dawn Occultism, he was interested in Jewish Kabbalah, maybe through a Marin New Age filter, probably through a bit of a "Christian Cabala" filter, but not doing occultist "Qabala"

Alexandre Koyre
From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe

not available to PKD but great sources on Bruno

Leo Catana
The Concept of Contraction in the Philosophy of Giordano Bruno

Ingrid Rowland
Giordano Bruno: Philosopher / Heretic

Hillary Gatti
Giordano Bruno and Renaissance Science

In her Essays on Giordano Bruno, Gatti writes, "One of the most original aspects of Coleridge's interest in Bruno regarded his dialectic." (interesting in terms of McKee's argument that Dick's notion of a dialectical divine is one of his most intriguing contributions to theology--although of course Dick would say that it's also found in Boehme...)

Bruno's Cause, Principle, and Unity--and Essays on Magic

Bruno's Cabala of Pegasus

Giordano Bruno and the Kabbalah

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