Biography of Heinrich Cornelius Agripa de Nettesheim (1486-1535)

Philosopher, physician and German alchemist; born in Cologne in 1486 and died in Grenoble in 1535. He/She first followed the military career and then devoted himself to the studied ancient languages, medicine and philosophy. After having taught in Doel, London, Cologne, Paris, Turin, Metz and Freiburg, went from doctor in the service of Luisa de Saboya, but fell into disgrace shortly after for having refused to predict the course of business in France to the Princess. He/She then entered the service of Marguerite, Governor of the Netherlands, who made her name a historian Carlos V; but lover as the occult, lost the favor of the monarch. In 1515 he/she founded in Pavia, an Academy for the study of the occult. This earned him hostility of academia, so that in the last years of his life had to frequently change of profession

He fought the philosophical systems admitted in his time, and defended Christianity and magic. His two most famous works, of occult philosophy (1533) and De incertitudine et vanitate scientiarum (1530), defended a magico-astrologico humanism in which assigned to the magic overpower nature. According to the Kabbalistic tradition, defended the tripartite division of the universe: intelligible world, celestial world and physical world of elements, each of which is governed by own laws. There is, however, among them a provision hierarchical, occupying the highest point the intelligible world, which has the principle of light. According to Agrippa, the structure of the world only can be captured adequately through faith and contemplation.His contemporaries called him Trismejisto. Among his works is, in addition, Declamatio de nobilitate et praecellentia feminei sexus.