Western Esotericism: A Guide for the Perplexed

Western Esotericism: A Guide for the Perplexed Wouter J. Hanegraaff
  • Title: Western Esotericism: A Guide for the Perplexed
  • Author: Wouter J. Hanegraaff
  • ISBN: 9781441146748
  • Page: 292
  • Format: ebook
  • Western Esotericism: A Guide for the Perplexed Wouter J. Hanegraaff Western Esotericism A Guide for the Perplexed Western esotericism has been a pervasive presence in Western culture from late antiquity to the present day but until recently it was largely ignored by scholars and surrounded by misconceptions and
    Western esotericism has been a pervasive presence in Western culture from late antiquity to the present day, but until recently it was largely ignored by scholars and surrounded by misconceptions and prejudice This accessible guide provides readers with the basic knowledge and tools that will allow them to find their way in this bewildering but fascinating field What isWestern esotericism has been a pervasive presence in Western culture from late antiquity to the present day, but until recently it was largely ignored by scholars and surrounded by misconceptions and prejudice This accessible guide provides readers with the basic knowledge and tools that will allow them to find their way in this bewildering but fascinating field What is it that unites phenomena as diverse as ancient gnosticism and hermetism, the occult sciences of astrology, alchemy, and magic, rosicrucianism, as well as Christian theosophy, occultism, spiritualism, and the contemporary New Age spiritualities What can the study of them teach us about our common cultural and intellectual heritage, and what is it that makes them relevant to contemporary concerns How do we distinguish reliable historical knowledge from legends and fictions about esoteric traditions These and many other questions are answered clearly and succinctly, so that the reader can find his way into the labyrinth of Western esotericism and out of it again.
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    About Wouter J. Hanegraaff


    1. Wouter J Hanegraaff 1961 studied classical guitar at the Municipal Conservatory at Zwolle 1982 1987 and Cultural History at the University of Utrecht 1986 1990 , with a specialization in alternative religious movements in the 20th century From 1992 1996 he was a research assistant at the department for Study of Religions of the University of Utrecht, where he defendedhis dissertation New Age Religion and Western Culture Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought on 30 november 1995 cum laude From 1996 to 2000 he held a postdoctoral fellowship from the Dutch Assocation for Scientific Research NWO , and spent a period working in Paris On 1 september 1999 he was appointed full professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam From 2002 2006 he was president of the Dutch Society for the Study of Religion NGG From 2005 2013 he was President of the EuropeanSociety for the Study of Western Esotericism ESSWE In 2006 he was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen, KNAW since 2013 he is an honorary member of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism.Editorial ActivitiesFrom 2001 2010 Hanegraaff was editor with Antoine Faivre and Nicholas Goodrick Clarke of Aries Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism Brill publ and from 2006 2010 editor of the Aries Book Series Texts and Studies in Western Esotericism Brill publ He is member of the editorial board of the journals Aries Brill , Numen Brill , Religion Compass and Esoterica , and of the advisory board of Journal of Contemporary Religion Carfax and Nova Religio University of California Press.


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    1. This was a good overview of the subject, building on the many articles Hanegraaf has put out over the years He is very prolific The book is unapologetically polemical Hanegraaff wants to introduce and defend a relatively new field of study, that of Western esotericism, which he admits is kind of a grab bag of topics, from Renaissance Hermeticism to NeaoPlatonism to Crowleyian magic to parts of science fiction.Part of Hanegraaff s point is to explain exactly why the field is a grab bag In his tel [...]

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    2. As the vulgata apocrypha attributed to some twentieth century occultist I m perplexed.

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    3. One of the most informative books I ve read on this subject Very clear and helpful.

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    4. This functions well as and is intended to be an introduction to the study of Western Esotericism It nicely avoids controversial interpretations and offers a nice interdisciplinary approach I think its strong points is the grounding and foundational element, as well as some interesting thoughts on racist appropriation and Orientalism that would have made Edward Said happy.

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