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The Occult Tradition: From the Renaissance to the Present Day

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Title:The Occult Tradition: From the Renaissance to the Present Day
Price:GBP£10.00 (about USD$12.60)
ISBN:9780224061650
Book ID:B009-3904
Quantity:1
Publisher:Jonathan Cape, London, 2005
Edition:Second Impression
Binding:Hardcover (Original Cloth)
Condition:Fine Condition
Dust Jacket:Fine
Jonathan Cape, 2005, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Fine Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Fine, Second Impression

black end-papers; Is the universe alive? Are there hidden connections within it, revealed in history and in sacred texts? Can we understand or even learn to control these secrets? Have we neglected an entirely separate science that works according to a different set of principles? Certainly by the time of the Renaissance in Europe, there were many thinkers who answered in the affirmative to all of these questions. Despite the growth of modern science and a general disenchantment of the world, the 'occult' or 'esoteric' tradition has evolved in the West, manifesting itself in such diverse groups as the Freemasons, the Mormons, Christian Scientists, the Theosophists, New Age, and American Fundamentalism. Paradoxically, the turn to science and the triumph of evolution in the nineteenth century produced an explosion of occultism, increasing its power as a kind of super-science. Gothic, fantastic, and supernatural fiction flourished, while Spiritualism emerged as a serious inquiry into the possibility of contacting the dead. After all, if you could communicate with the living at great distances, why should a similar teletechnology not be possible to the other world? Disciplines had not yet hardened, and the borders were as yet undefined between parapsychology and psychology, between mythology and anthropology. Mesmerism became hypnotism, and the subconscious came to be recognized as more than a medium's stomping ground. This book describes the growth and meandering path of the occult tradition over the past five hundred years, and shows how the esoteric world view fits together. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 260 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. in archive acetate film protection. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Gilt titles spine. illustrated by b/w. photo's.. Includes extensive notes & index. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Magic, Paranormal & Occult; Esoteric; Occultism; History; Philosophy. ISBN: 0224061658. ISBN/EAN: 9780224061650. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3904.
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