Natural Philosophy & Magic in the Latin Middle Ages

April 16, 2015, Presidents’ Lounge. Elly R. Tuitt, Assistant Professor of Medieval History, Bryn Mawr College, presents philosophers, theologians, clerical writers, and practitioners – of all sorts debated and defined the scope of human inquiry, the nature of Nature, and whether it was possible, let alone permissible, to go beyond the divinely ordained limits of the human intellect.  Archbishops consulted with auguries, while astral science, including astral prediction, was taught in university curricula.  Yet the distinction between legitimate and welcome inquiry into the laws of nature and the pursuit of the so called “dark arts” remained fraught, contested, and context dependent.