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Access to Western Esotericism

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This is the first systematic treatment of esotericism to appear in English. Here is also a historical survey, beginning with the Alexandrean Period, of the various esoteric currents such as Christian Kabbalah, Theosophy, Alchemy, Rosicrucianism, and Hermeticism. Common characteristics of these currents are the notion of universal interdependency and the experience of spiri ...more
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Published December 5th 1994 by State University of New York Press (first published 1986)
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Christopher Plaisance
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This review concerns the first half of the book:

Antoine Faivre's “Approaches to Western Esoteric Currents” is composed of two sections. The first, “Methodology and Reflexions,” sets the tone for the etic methodological modes of analysis by which Western esotericism has been analyzed by all serious scholars who have emerged in Faivre's wake. Most important is his six-fold definition of “esotericism”—being a descriptive term applied to forms of thought which display systems of correspondences, an
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