malignus

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If Coleridge had attempted to restore philosophical certainty to the epistemological process by grounding human consciousness in the divine, Poe would be unwilling to disregard the possibility, worthy of Descartes' genius malignus, that the universe might be no more than an elaborate joke at the expense of humanity's desire for knowledge.
Sunt etiam et apocrypha in malam partem vt magiae maleficae artes et haereticorum periergiae, quarum et malignus spiritus author est.
Paris: Cerf, 1978], 2:173): "et malignus spiritus eundem padetem, qui aedificabatur, euertit, atque unum puerulum monachum .