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The Cambridge Handbook of Western Mysticism and Esotericism

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Charles Stein, Joscelyn Godwin, Jessica Elbert Decker, Matthew Mayock, Gwenaëlle Aubry, Roelof van den Broek, Daphna Arbel, April D. Deconick, William C. Chittick, Brian Ogren, Bruce Milem, Anne L. Clark, Antoine Faivre, Peter J. Forshaw, Bruce T. Moran, Hereward Tilton, Glenn Alexander Magee, Jan A. M. Snoek, Jane Williams-Hogan, Adam Crabtree, Cathy Gutierrez, Michael Gomes, Robert McDermott, Egil Asprem, Gerhard Wehr, Mark Sedgwick, Arthur Versluis, Chas S. Clifton, Olav Hammer, Lawrence M. Principe, Kocku von Stuckrad, Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Jean-Pierre Brach, Lee Irwin, Hugh B. Urban
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  • Date Published: April 2016
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  • Mysticism and esotericism are two intimately related strands of the Western tradition. Despite their close connections, however, scholars tend to treat them separately. Whereas the study of Western mysticism enjoys a long and established history, Western esotericism is a young field. The Cambridge Handbook of Western Mysticism and Esotericism examines both of these traditions together. The volume demonstrates that the roots of esotericism almost always lead back to mystical traditions, while the work of mystics was bound up with esoteric or occult preoccupations. It also shows why mysticism and esotericism must be examined together if either is to be understood fully. Including contributions by leading scholars, this volume features essays on such topics as alchemy, astrology, magic, Neoplatonism, Kabbalism, Renaissance Hermetism, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, numerology, Christian theosophy, spiritualism, and much more. This Handbook serves as both a capstone of contemporary scholarship and a cornerstone of future research.

    • Accessible to students as well as professional scholars
    • Includes essays by major scholars, taking highly original and sometimes controversial approaches
    • The essays offer comprehensive overviews of their subjects
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    'Glenn Alexander Magee has brought together a 'dream team' of scholars, and from an impressively broad range of generations, from esteemed senior doyens to emerging young intellectuals about to reshape the conversation once again. Magee also brings his own trademark philosophical clarity to the definitional and historical tasks at hand. The result is a cutting-edge collection of essays that delivers exactly what it promises: a concise and clear map of the hidden intellectual tradition of the West from ancient Greece to today.' Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion, Rice University, Houston, and author of The Serpent's Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion

    'This long-overdue collection contains work of the best minds of the field and is certain to advance current research in Western esotericism. A must purchase.' David Appelbaum, State University of New York, New Paltz

    'It is impossible to understand our civilization without awareness of the immense influence upon it of mystical and esoteric ideas and practices. This generous collection of scholarly essays at last offers reliable support for the academic study of humanity's age-old and contemporary quest for higher levels of consciousness.' Jacob Needleman, San Francisco State University

    'Contributors to this handbook are world-class - writers such as Wouter J. Hanegraaff and Kocku von Stuckrad, Antoine Faivre and Arthur Versluis. Each has written magisterially about the content and place of mysticism and esotericism, making this not merely an arcane field of intellectual inquiry but a living and contended area where theologians and historians, anthropologists and students of cultural and religious history engage and should do so. As exemplars of inquiry in their own right, the essays are excellent, thoughtfully expressed and contentious where they need to be, unpacking complex ideas such as those of Boehme and Swedenborg elegantly.' Stuart Hannabuss, Reference Reviews

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    • Date Published: April 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316680032
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Antiquity:
    1. Ancient mysteries Charles Stein
    2. Pythagoras and Pythagoreanism Joscelyn Godwin
    3. Parmenides and Empedocles Jessica Elbert Decker and Matthew Mayock
    4. Plato, Plotinus, and Neoplatonism Gwenaëlle Aubry
    5. Hermetism and Gnosticism Roelof van den Broek
    6. Early Jewish mysticism Daphna Arbel
    7. Early Christian mysticism April D. Deconick
    Part II. The Middle Ages:
    8. Sufism William C. Chittick
    9. Kabbalah Brian Ogren
    10. Medieval Christian mysticism Bruce Milem
    11. Hildegard of Bingen and women's mysticism Anne L. Clark
    Part III. The Renaissance and Early Modernity:
    12. Renaissance Hermetism Antoine Faivre
    13. Christian Kabbalah Peter J. Forshaw
    14. Paracelsianism Bruce T. Moran
    15. Rosicrucianism Hereward Tilton
    16. Jacob Boehme and Christian theosophy Glenn Alexander Magee
    17. Freemasonry Jan A. M. Snoek
    18. Swedenborg and Swedenborgianism Jane Williams-Hogan
    19. Mesmer and animal magnetism Adam Crabtree
    Part IV. The Nineteenth Century and Beyond:
    20. Spiritualism Cathy Gutierrez
    21. H. P. Blavatsky and theosophy Michael Gomes
    22. Rudolf Steiner and anthroposophy Robert McDermott
    23. The Golden Dawn and the O.T.O. Egil Asprem
    24. G. I. Gurdjieff and the Fourth Way Glenn Alexander Magee
    25. C. G. Jung and Jungianism Gerhard Wehr
    26. René Guénon and traditionalism Mark Sedgwick
    27. Via Negativa in the twentieth century Arthur Versluis
    28. Contemporary Paganism Chas S. Clifton
    29. The new age Olav Hammer
    Part V. Common Threads:
    30. Alchemy Lawrence M. Principe
    31. Astrology Kocku von Stuckrad
    32. Gnosis Wouter J. Hanegraaff
    33. Magic Wouter J. Hanegraaff
    34. Mathematical esotericism Jean-Pierre Brach
    35. Panpsychism Lee Irwin
    36. Sexuality Hugh B. Urban.

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    Glenn Alexander Magee, Long Island University, New York
    Glenn Alexander Magee is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University, New York. He is the author of Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition (2001) and The Hegel Dictionary (2011), as well as many articles on German philosophy and its connections with mysticism and esotericism.

    Contributors

    Charles Stein, Joscelyn Godwin, Jessica Elbert Decker, Matthew Mayock, Gwenaëlle Aubry, Roelof van den Broek, Daphna Arbel, April D. Deconick, William C. Chittick, Brian Ogren, Bruce Milem, Anne L. Clark, Antoine Faivre, Peter J. Forshaw, Bruce T. Moran, Hereward Tilton, Glenn Alexander Magee, Jan A. M. Snoek, Jane Williams-Hogan, Adam Crabtree, Cathy Gutierrez, Michael Gomes, Robert McDermott, Egil Asprem, Gerhard Wehr, Mark Sedgwick, Arthur Versluis, Chas S. Clifton, Olav Hammer, Lawrence M. Principe, Kocku von Stuckrad, Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Jean-Pierre Brach, Lee Irwin, Hugh B. Urban

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