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Author Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas.
Title The Western esoteric traditions : a historical introduction / by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke.
Imprint New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008.

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Subject Occultism.
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 286 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Summary This introduction to the Western esoteric traditions offers a concise overview of their historical development. The author explores these traditions, from their roots in Hermeticism, Neo-Platonism, and Gnosticism in the early Christian era up to their reverberations in modern day's scientific paradigms.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Ancient hellenistic sources of western esotericism -- Italian Renaissance magic and Cabala -- Planetary and angel magic in the Renaissance -- Alchemy, Paracelsus and German naturphilosophie -- Jacob Boehme and theosophy -- Rosicrucianism -- High-grade freemasonry and illuminism in the eighteenth century -- Emanuel Swedenborg -- Mesmerism and spiritualism -- Ritual magic from 1850 to the present -- Helena Blavatsky and the theosophical society -- Modern esotericism and new paradigms.
ISBN 9780199852062
0199852065
OCLC # 776942255
Additional Format Print version 9780195320992