Esotericism and the Academy: Rejected Knowledge in Western Culture
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 foundations of biblical religion and Greek rationality. Expelled from the academy on the basis of Protestant and Enlightenment polemics, these traditions have come to be perceived as the Other by which academics define their identity to the present day. Hanegraaff grounds his discussion in a meticulous study of primary and secondary sources, taking the reader on an exciting intellectual voyage from the fifteenth century to the present day and asking what implications the forgotten history of exclusion has for established textbook narratives of religion, philosophy and science.
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Review: Esotericism and the Academy: Rejected Knowledge in Western CultureUser Review - Samuel Brown - Goodreads
Extremely useful overview of the historiography of Western esotericism from Renaissance to the present day. I would recommend this as the first book after a simple introduction (like Goodrick-Clarke's ... Read full review
Review: Esotericism and the Academy: Rejected Knowledge in Western CultureUser Review - Robert Priddle - Goodreads
Could not be more timely. Update: In response to a negative comment. Just because my review is short does not make it useless. When I say that this text could not be more timely I mean that this is ... Read full review