Textbooks and introductions to Western Esotericism

@article{Hanegraaff2013TextbooksAI,
  title={Textbooks and introductions to Western Esotericism},
  author={Wouter J. Hanegraaff},
  journal={Religion},
  year={2013},
  volume={43},
  pages={178 - 200}
}
This article reviews the presently available supply of textbooks and introductions to the new academic field of study known as ‘Western esotericism’. By analogy with computer software, the author refers to the early ‘religionist’ phase of research in this domain as ‘Western esotericism 1.0’. He argues that Antoine Faivre's small French textbook L’ésotérisme (1992) marked the beginning of a more satisfactory upgrade that might be referred to as ‘Western esotericism 2.0’ and remains dominant in… 
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