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Plato's Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance

Cathy Guiterrez


This book examines the legacy of European esoteric speculation, particularly Platonic ideals, as they are transformed on a new continent. Promoting knowledge rather than salvation as the path to spiritual improvement, Neoplatonism met with a democratizing impulse in America, one that eschewed the binary destinies of heaven or hell and offered instead an afterlife for all peoples, races, and religions. Spiritualism represents the ultimate marriage of universal salvation and the pursuit of esoteric knowledge, as a new generation of Americans embraced a completely inclusive heaven. While sci ... More

Keywords: spiritualism, Plato, Neoplatonism, universal salvation, esotericism, progress, afterlife

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195388350
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388350.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cathy Guiterrez, author
Sweetbriar College

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