Esotericism and the Academy: Rejected Knowledge in Western Culture by Wouter J. HanegraaffEsotericism and the Academy: Rejected Knowledge in Western Culture by Wouter J. Hanegraaff

Esotericism and the Academy: Rejected Knowledge in Western Culture

byWouter J. Hanegraaff

Hardcover | February 20, 2012

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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 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.
Title:Esotericism and the Academy: Rejected Knowledge in Western CultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:478 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.1 inPublished:February 20, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521196213

ISBN - 13:9780521196215


Table of 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.