Spirituality and the Occult: From the Renaissance to the Modern Age

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Psychology Press, 2001 - History - 196 pages
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Spirituality and the Occult argues against the widely held view that occult spiritualities are marginal to Western culture. Showing that the esoteric tradition is unfairly neglected in Western culture and that much of what we take to be 'modern' derives at least in part from this tradition, it casts a fresh, intriguing and persuasive perspective on intellectual and cultural history in the West. Brian Gibbons identifies the influence and continued presence of esoteric mystical movements in disciplines such as:
* medicine
* science
* philosophy
* Freudian and Jungian psychology
* radical political movements
* imaginative literature.
 

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Contents

Nature in occult thought
19
Science magic and the occult
38
The body in occult thought
56
The body in health and death
71
The mind in occult thought
88
Occultism and analytical psychology
103
Society religion and history in occult thought
112
The occult and Western culture
135
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Brian Gibbons is a lecturer in literature and cultural history at Liverpool John Moores University. His main research interests are occult spiritualities andd seventeenth-century English Radicalism. He is the author of Gender in Mystical and Occult Thought: Behmenism and its Development in England (1998).

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