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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (24 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086315798X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863157981
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book provides a very readable introduction to the history of Western Esotericism. However, the most exciting aspect of the book is Lachman's thesis that Hermeticism is grounded in a common spiritual or religious experience and that this experience can be grounded in recent neuropsychological research. This fascinating hypothesis invites further ... investigation.' -- De Numine 'Truly great individuals are discussed for centuries after their existence. "The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus: From Ancient Egypt to the Modern World" discusses this figure of ancient Alexandria who is an icon of ancient science and philosophy, as the two were closely related in ancient times. Analyzing history and the mindset of the times, author Gary Lachman hopes to explain this figure to modern reader s to give them greater insight into a time long past. "The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus" is an excellent addition to any history collection, highly recommended.' -- Midwest Book Review, May 2011 'It is a bewildering tale which has many twists and turns which Lachman considers not only in its historical but also cultural and philosophical connections across time. He also helps us unravel the development of hermecticism, Gnosticism, and connections across the ages to such seminal and initiatory characters as Rudolf Steiner, G.I. Gurdjeff, Giordano Bruno, Marcilio Ficino, Pico Mirandolla, Cornelius Agrippa, Robert Fludd, Dr John Dee, and Athansius Kircher.' -- Stephen Cox Trust, 2011 'Gary Lachman offers us a fascinating history of the myth of Hermes Trismegistus and the translation of the Corpus Hermeticum ... This is a comprehensive book covering all aspects of the tradition of Hermes, from the early periods through to modern explorations of Hermetic science as it resonates with altered states of consciousness. Lachman is an easy to read author yet has a near encyclopaedic knowledge of esotericism and is hence able to offer many different perspectives on the subject at hand. From the Egyptian influence on Greek philosophy to Islam and the Renaissance, Freemasons and the Rosicrucians this is a truly informative journey through all aspects of Hermes Trismegistus.' -- Living Traditions Magazine 'Immensely erudite and continuing the work of GRS Mead and Frances Yates, the book traces the influence of hermetic thinking through different areas of the Western tradition drawing on a wide range of scholarship. It gives the reader quite a different flavour of the development of Western philosophy than would be found in any standard textbook.' --David Lorimer, Scientific and Medical Network Review 'Here is an entertaining, mostly historical introduction to a body of religious knowledge that has a deep influence on the course of Western philosophy - Hermeticism...This is a concise and interesting introduction. Lachman covers much historical ground from Alexandria, via the Italian Renaissance and the Order of the Golden Dawn, to today.' -- Northern Earth 'Lachman's [book] at times is quite a deep study of the philosophy and psychology of esoteric sprituality.' --David V Barrett, Fortean Times.

About the Author

Gary Lachman is the author of several books about the links between consciousness, culture, and the western esoteric tradition, including Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Work; Jung the Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung's Life and Teachings: In Search of P.D Ouspensky; and A Secret History of Consciousness. He is a regular contributor to newspaper columns and radio programmes. A founder member of the rock group Blondie, in 2006 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He lives in London.


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Gary Lachman has risen to the challenge yet again of exploring and describing an area that for many may seem daunting and obscure, but which becomes intriguing and accessible in the company of this genial guide. This book will fascinate anyone interested in the quest down the ages for higher (or deeper) levels of consciousness in the western tradition, a search for a higher self that leads both forwards and back in time since it also transcends time. The central focus in Lachman's quest is the elusive, ever-receding figure of Hermes Trismegistus, enunciator of the perennial philosophy - who may or may not have lived in 4th Century BC Egypt - but whose aura and the hermetic writings ascribed to him have inspired a tradition that remains as much in the air today as it ever was, influencing figures as disparate St. Augustine, Giordano Bruno, Rilke and Jean Gebser. A book that will fascinate all seekers after the meaning of life and the nature of the human spirit.
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having read the Corpus a number times, it has been a joy to read this perspective from Gary Lachman on the same and realise how influential it has been on so many enlightened people for centuries, and continues to do so today.
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I enjoyed this book immensely and thank Gary for the effort put in to write it. Well researched and easy to follow, this quest traces various historical references to the appearance of Hermes & his teaching throughout the ages. At the outset it contains a brilliant summation of the Hermetic work/vision which, together with Lachmans forays into neuroscience & the workings of the human brain are of real value to many seekers (especially any & all 4th way devotees who I consider should all include this work among those on their top shelf.)
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In this book Gary Lachman has examined the impact of Hermetic thought on Europe, both with regard to esoteric thought and science, and with especial emphasis on the implications for free thinking now and in the future
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