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If the book has a weakness its that it is too philosophical in some places. This is most apparent in the opening chapter Witchcraft and Language where there is a lengthy discussion on weather language creates reality or merely describes it. It is pertinent to Clark’s argument that we in western culture"are driven by a kind of logical imperative to understand what [these early modern texts on demonology] say in binary terms"(9) when whether or not what they talk about is "real" should be an irrelevant question but the book gets so deep into this complex argument that it almost starts to loose focus. The opening chapter isn’t the only part where the book can be too philosophical. It is also present in the sections on history and politics.

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Dr. Clark is a professor of early modern history at the University of Wales Swansea. His research interests include early modern intellectual and cultural history. His teaching interests are the history of magic and witchcraft, historical theory, and 16th and 17th century European history. He has published several books and articles onwitchcraft and demonology. Among these are , , and the soon to be released (Witchcraft and Magic in Europe).
Thinking with Demons attempts to redirect some of the emphasis of the study of the history of witchcraft and demonology in early modern Europe back to studying the texts from that time on their own merit without trying to answer the question"how could they believe that?" The book is more of an intellectual history of demonology than a history of witchcraft. The author describes it as"a book about demonology, certainly, but set in a series of contexts drawn from early modern intellectual life as awhole" (ix).

is a comprehensive look at demonology and its place within the intellectual life of its time. The book includes a great amount of detail and covers a wide variety of topics very well. It is very well organized with a chapter at the beginning of each of the five sections that talks about general ideas within that topic. Six to nine chapters that examine in detail the subject as it relates to demonology follow those introductory chapters.