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Rowan Wildsmith wrote:I'm not sure it's fair to say that the title was "dumbed down" for the American audience. To me it seems more like a question of culture. Firstly, the alchemists of legend, including Nocolas Flamel, were not really a part of our nation''s shared history, having lived almost 4 centuries before our nation was even thought of. Furthermore 'philosophers' in American English are those who study or practice the art of Philosophy rather than alchemy or magic.
Sky Alton wrote:For me (as a UK dweller) philosopher doesn’t mean anything mystical. It is just as likely to say ‘Plato’ or ‘Aristotle’ to me as it is to you. As far as I know, it doesn’t have that magical connotation in our wider culture either. As a kid, philosopher was just a grown up word that sounded weighty and important to me. So there’s a chance that I could be wrong but I’m not sure that a cultural difference in definition of that particular word is the explanation (or at least, the whole explanation).
the art, practices, or spells of a person who is supposed to exercise supernatural powers through the aid of evil spirits; black magic; witchery.
A sorcerer is borne of the sword and sandals genre (also called low fantasy). ... Mages and wizards are of the same source material and follow the same basic concept - a manipulator of the natural world. However, as Joe points out, a mage is also a scholar. A mage is a creator of spells, whereas a wizard is a user.
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