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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441136460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441136466
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 579,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Wouter Hanegraaff offers the reader here a crystallization of his celebrated scholarship on the history of Western esotericism, from the ancient world to the New Age, as the 'rejected knowledge' of Western religion, culture, and science. Along the way, he strikes all the right notes, introduces key terms and figures, and traces the influence of esotericism on science, art, literature, and music. The result is an impeccable piece of historical analysis that shows why the critical study of Western esotericism should lie at the center of the academy and not in its margins.' --Jeffrey J. Kripal, Author Of 'authors Of The Impossible: The Paranormal And The Sacred' 20120808

About the Author

Wouter J. Hanegraaff is Professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and President of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism.


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Esotericism is a popular subject but remains a non understood by many. This guide is a superb work of explaining everything you wanted to know about esotericism with great, non judgemental, clarity and concision ! It gives historical e sociological context within an Academic approach, it is one of the best books I have ever read in this field.
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clear, concise and well written. recommend to those with a nascent interest in this fascinating area
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Excellent overview, well written
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Extremely mediocre and disappointing.
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