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Esotericism and the Academy : Rejected Knowledge in Western Culture

Author: Wouter J Hanegraaff
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Academics tend to look on 'esoteric', 'occult' or 'magical' beliefs with contempt, but are usually ignorant about the religious and philosophical traditions to which these terms refer, or their relevance to intellectual history. Wouter Hanegraaff tells the neglected story of how intellectuals since the Renaissance have tried to come to terms with a cluster of 'pagan' ideas from late antiquity that challenged the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Online-Publikation
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Wouter J Hanegraaff
ISBN: 9780521196215 0521196213 9781139048064 1139048066
OCLC Number: 876233802
Description: Online-Ressource
Contents: Introduction: hic sunt dracones; 1. The history of truth: recovering ancient wisdom; 2. The history of error: exorcizing Paganism; 3. The error of history: imagining the Occult; 4. The truth of history: entering the Academy; Conclusions: restoring memory.
Responsibility: Wouter J. Hanegraaff.

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Hanegraaff reveals the neglected history of how intellectuals since the Renaissance have tried to come to terms with ideas of the 'esoteric' and 'occult', present in Western culture. He asks what  Read more...

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