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Western Esotericism: A Concise History

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A survey of Western esoteric currents since late antiquity, with an emphasis on the last six centuries.
Paperback, 136 pages
Published October 6th 2010 by State University of New York Press (first published January 9th 2010)
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Joseph
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short and dizzying trip through the various different realms and false starts and enduring appeal of the various "Esoteric" currents in Western history, from the Corpus Hermeticum to more modern theosophical and esoteric currents running anywhere from parallel to orthogonal to trains of rational/empirical thought.

Useful as a timeline and history check of various hermetic claims, and as a reading list for bizarre new things, but somewhat dry overall. A better (and satirical) introduction to all
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Anna
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a good read, although it narrows the field of western esotericism. In my view it therefore misses out on vital areas within this field. The translation into English is not perfect either, and there is too much emphasis on names and dates rather than explanatory contents. Still, interesting information.
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