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The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke


Western esotericism combines spirituality with an empirical observation of the natural world while also relating humanity to the universe through a harmonious celestial order. This introduction to the Western esoteric traditions offers a concise overview of their historical development. It explores these traditions, from their roots in Hermeticism, Neo-Platonism, and Gnosticism in the early Christian era up to their reverberations in today's scientific paradigms. While the study of Western esotericism is usually confined to the history of ideas, the book examines the phenomenon much more broad ... More

Keywords: esotericism, history of ideas, theosophy, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Christianity, Western culture, Carl Gustav Jung, spirituality, natural world

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195320992
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320992.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, author
University of Exeter