Susanne Beiweis

Assistant Professor
Hart Hall 113
Office hours
Tuesdays 05:00-06:00 pm, Fridays 02:00-03:30 pm, or by appointment, via email, either for in-person or online.


Dr. Susanne Beiweis received her PhD at the University of Vienna in 2016. Prior to joining Mount Allison, she worked as a Research Associate at Sun Yat-Sen University (China). Her research interests lie in the history of philosophy and the history of ideas, with a special focus on Renaissance and Early Modern philosophy. She is interested in the relations between learned magic, the arts, and natural philosophy in the Renaissance. Her work examines how the tradition of learned magic in the Renaissance contributed to the emergence of modern science in the seventeenth century. Her teaching interests include the history of philosophy in general and aesthetics and philosophy of art.


Edited Volumes

2022. Shani, I. & Beiweis, S., Cross-Cultural Approaches to Consciousness: Mind, Nature, and Ultimate Reality. London: Bloomsbury Academics.

Refereed Journal Articles

in pressBeiweis, S. & Ockenström, L., Aged Scholars, Screech-Owls, Sagae and (the Power of) Human Blood in Ficino’s De Vita Longa, Rinascimento.

2021. Fear of the Other: The Ottoman Turk in Machiavelli’s La Mandragola, Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History, 49.1: 20-41.

2019. Beiweis, S. & Ockenström, L., Memory, Mercury, and Magic in Marsilio Ficino’s De Vita, Rinascimento, LIX: 271-296.

2018. ‘Naturam ars imitatur’: Magical images within Marsilio Ficino’s De Vita Libri Tres, Verbum – Analecta Neolatina, 1-2: 155-180.

2013. Der Talisman: Das Brechen bestehender Analogie. Zur Rezeption der Magie bei Marsilio Ficino, Frühneuzeit-Info, 24: 43-50.

Book Chapters

2022. Beiweis, S. & Shani, I., Introduction: Can Consciousness Be Reconceived as Metaphysically Fundamental?, in Shani, I. and Beiweis, S. (eds.), Cross-Cultural Approaches to Consciousness: Mind, Nature, and Ultimate Reality, London: Bloomsbury Academics.  

2017. Allmacht, Ohnmacht und Magie. Saturn als Kippbild bei Marsilio Ficino, in: Eming, J. and Dallapiazza, M. (eds.), Marsilio Ficino in Deutschland und Italien. Renaissance-Magie zwischen Wissenschaft und Literatur. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp. 55-67.

2014.  Die Sphäre Saturns als Medium für den Dichter und Philosophen. Dantes XXI. Gesang des Paradisos und Ficino’s De vita sana, in: Mehltretter, F. (ed.), Allegorie  und Wissensandordnung. München: utzverlag, pp. 61-96.

Web-Based Publications

2014. Gesundheit durch Magie. Marsilio Ficinosʾ De vita libri tres – 1000 Wort Forschung,

2013. Als Magie noch Teil der Wissenschaft war,

2012. Meine Forschung: Sternendämonen und Talismane,”


PhD   Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria, 2016 
: Saturn and Talisman: The Heterogeneous Concepts of Magic as presented in Marsilio Ficino’s De Vita Libri Tres (written in German)

Mag. phil.  Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria, 2009



Fall 2023

PHIL 1621 Reason, Will, & World
PHIL 3101 Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 3991a Renaissance Philosophy

Winter 2023/24

PHIL 2401 Introductory Aesthetics
PHIL 2611 Introductory Logic