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Access to Western Esotericism

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ISBN-10: 0791421783

ISBN-13: 9780791421789

Edition: 1994

Authors: Antoine Faivre

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This is the first systematic treatment of esotericism to appear in English. Here is also a historical survey, beginning with the Alexandrean Period, of the various esoteric currents such as Christian Kabbalah, Theosophy, Alchemy, Rosicrucianism, and Hermeticism. Common characteristics of these currents are the notion of universal interdependency and the experience of spiritual transformation. The author establishes a rigorous methodology; provides clarifying definitions of such key terms as "gnosis," "theosophy," "occultism," and "Hermeticism;" and offers analysis of contemporary esotericism based on three distinct pathways.The second half of the book presents a series of studies on several…    
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List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 12/5/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 380
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100

Antoine Faivre, the most prominent scholar of esotericism to have appeared since Mircea Eliade, is Director of Studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes(Section des Sciences Religieuses, Sorbonne), University Professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Haute-Normandie, and director of the Cahiers de l'Hermetisme (Albin Michel). His other books in english translation include Access to western Esotericism and Theosophy, Imagination, Tradition: STudies in Western Esotericism.

Preface to the Present Edition
Approaches to Western Esoteric
Methodology and Reflections
Some Key Concepts
Reflections on "Tradition," or The Three Paths of Esotericism Today
A Short History of Western Esoteric Currents (Essay On Periodization)
Ancient and Medieval Sources of Modern Esoteric Currents
Esoteric Currents in the First Eleven Centuries
Esotericism in Medieval Thought
Initiatory Quests and Esoteric Arts
Esotericism at the Heart of the Renaissance and in the Flames of the Baroque
Philosophia perennis, a Discovery of Humanism
The Germanic Contribution: Naturphilosophie and Theosophy
Reading the World and Myth
Esotericism in the Shadow of the Enlightenment
Sunburst of Theosophy
From the Arts of Reading to the Art of Subtle Fluids
A Century of Initiations
From Romantic Knowledge to Programmatic Occultism
The Era of Naturphilosophic and the Great Syntheses
Universal Tradition and Occultism
Esotericism in Initiatory Societies and in Art (1848-1914)
Twentieth-Century Esotericisms
Gnoses in the Wake of the Western Tradition
The Four Winds of the Tradition
Arts and Humanities
Studies In Esotericism
Faith and Knowledge in Franz von Baader and in Modern Gnosis
The Inner Church and the Heavenly Jerusalem-Foundations of a Cosmic
Anthropology According to Franz von Baader and Christian Theosophy
The Temple of Solomon in Eighteenth-Century Masonic Theosophy
The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz as Pilgrimage of the Soul
Miles Redivivus: Aspects of the Chivalric Imagination in Eighteenth-Century Alchemy, Freemasonry, and Literature
Love and Androgyny in Franz von Baader
Ontological Androgyny
Primitive Adam and Failed Androgyny
Situations of Human Love: Dialectics and Oppositions
Situations of Human Love: Philosophies and the Life of the Couple
Knowledge and Reintegration
Baaderand His Time
The Metamorphoses of Hermes: Neognostic Cosmologies and Traditional Gnosis
A Bibliographical Guide To Research
General works
Esoteric Freemasonry
From the second to the 15th century
Renaissance and the seventeenth century
The Reception of Alexandrian Hermetism
Christian Kabbalah
Paracelsism and Philosophy of Nature
Eighteenth century
Romanticism and Naturphilosophie
Late nineteenth century and the twentieth century
Concerning "Tradition"
Esotericism and Islam
Esotericism, Literature and Art
Journals and serials
A word about Libraries
Index of Names
Index of Subjects