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Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities

Innovation in Esotericism from the Renaissance to the Present

Editors: Hedesan, Georgina D., Rudbøg, Tim (Eds.)

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  • Argues that the concept of innovation is important in understanding the history of esotericism
  • Reconsiders what innovation means in relation to ideas and intellectual production in general 
  • Features contributions from distinguished scholars of esotericism, as well as up-and-coming researchers
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About this book

This collection explores the role of innovation in understanding the history of esotericism. It illustrates how innovation is a mechanism of negotiation whereby an idea is either produced against, or adapted from, an older set of concepts in order to respond to a present context. Featuring contributions from distinguished scholars of esotericism, it covers many different fields and themes including magic, alchemy, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy, Tarot, apocalypticism and eschatology, Mesmerism, occultism, prophecy, and mysticism.

About the authors

Georgiana D. Hedesan is Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Oxford, UK. She is the author of An Alchemical Quest for Universal Knowledge: The ‘Christian Philosophy’ of Jan Baptist Van Helmont (1579-1644) (2016).

 

Tim Rudbøg is Associate Professor and Director of the Copenhagen Center for the Study of Theosophy and Esotericism at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His recent co-edited book Imagining the East: The Early Theosophical Society was published in 2020.  


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction: Reconceptualizing Innovation and Its Role in Esotericism

    Pages 1-31

    Hedesan, Georgiana D. (et al.)

  • Diligentia et divina sorte: Oracular Intelligence in Marsilio Ficino’s Astral Magic

    Pages 33-62

    Voss, Angela

  • The Transformation of the Notion of “Adept”: From Medieval Arabic Philosophy to Early Modern Alchemy

    Pages 63-95

    Hedesan, Georgiana D.

  • A Necessary Conjunction: Cabala, Magic, and Alchemy in the Theosophy of Heinrich Khunrath (1560–1605)

    Pages 97-134

    Forshaw, Peter J.

  • The Rosicrucian Diaspora in the Seventeenth Century

    Pages 135-154

    McIntosh, Christopher

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-67906-4
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Hardcover $159.99
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  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Innovation in Esotericism from the Renaissance to the Present
Editors
  • Georgina D. Hedesan
  • Tim Rudbøg
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in New Religions and Alternative Spiritualities
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-67906-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-67906-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-67905-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 347
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations
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