Polemical Encounters: Esoteric Discourse and Its Others

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Olav Hammer, Kocku Von Stuckrad
BRILL, 2007 - Religion - 325 pages
In its historical development from late antiquity to the present, western esotericism has repeatedly been the issue of polemical discourse. This volume engages the polemical structures that underlie both the identities within and the controversy about esoteric currents in European history. From Jewish and Christian kabbalah through heretical discourse and interconfessional polemics in early modernity to the legitimization of esoteric identity in modern culture, the 12 chapters, accompanied by an editors' introduction, provide a cornucopia of relevant cases that are interpreted in a framework of polemical discourse and 'Othering'. This volume sheds new light on the ultimately polemical structure of western esotericism and thus opens new vistas for further research into esoteric discourse.
 

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Contents

PART TWO HERESIES IDENTITIES AND INTERCONFESSIONAL POLEMICS
105
PART THREE LEGITIMATING IDENTITIES IN MODERN CULTURE
199
Notes on Contributors
311

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Olav Hammer, Ph.D. (2000), is Professor of History of Religions at the Institute of Philsosophy, Education and Religion at the University of Southern Denmark. He has published extensively on New Age religion, new religious movements and on issues of theory in the study of religion.
Kocku von Stuckrad, Ph.D. (2000), is Assistant Professor in the Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam. He has published widely on methodological and historical issues in the study of religion.

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