Western esotericism: Towards an integrative model of interpretation

  title={Western esotericism: Towards an integrative model of interpretation},
  author={Kocku von Stuckrad},
  pages={78 - 97}

Introduction: Reconceptualizing Innovation and Its Role in Esotericism

Despite claims of representing an ancient, unchanging wisdom, esoteric movements have often constructed their traditions and adapted to various historical contexts. In view of existing scholarship,

H. P. Blavatsky’s “Wisdom-Religion” and the Quest for Ancient Wisdom in Western Culture

Rudbog’s chapter analyzes and contextualizes Blavatsky’s innovative concept of a “Wisdom-Religion,” the original unity of all religions, which was central to her conceptualization of Theosophy.

Sufism Meets the New Age Discourse: Part 1

  • F. Piraino
  • Sociology
    International Journal for the Study of New Religions
  • 2021
This article, the first of a two-part discussion, focuses on the influence of the New Age on contemporary Sufism. It will consider the main definitions of the New Age and how they have been applied

Rationalismus und Mystifikation: Zur formalen Pathetik des Dagegenseins

Theoretische Einbettung der Maßnahmenkritik angeboten, die mit Eisenstadt davon ausgeht, dass die moderne Gesellschaft von einer Erosion der Grundlagen aller Gewissheit geprägt ist, was zu einem grundsätzlichen Glaubwürdigkeitsproblem führt.



Claiming Knowledge: Strategies of Epistemology from Theosophy to the New Age

The study addresses the question of how religious creativity in the West manages to adapt to the forces of modernity. The empirical data are drawn from a set of historically and thematically related

Beyond the Yates Paradigm: the Study of Western Esotericism Between Counterculture and New Complexity1

The study of western esotericism finds itself in the middle of a process of academic professionalization and institutionalization2. Before addressing some problems connected with this development,

Discursive Study of Religion: From States of the Mind to Communication and Action

This article addresses the predicament of the academic study of religions and directs the debate into more fruitful fields of research. After a brief account of the most important problems -

Western Esotericism and the Science of Religions

The term “esotericism” refers here to the modern esoteric currents in the West (15th to 20th centuries), i.e. to a diverse group of works, authors, trends, which possess an “air de famille” and which

How magic survived the disenchantment of the world

Magic and Modernity: Interfaces of Revelation and Concealment

Magic and Modernity is the first book to explore comparatively how magic-usually portrayed as the antithesis of the modern-is also something that is at home in modernity. "Magic" and "modernity" are

Drudgery Divine: On the Comparison of Early Christianities and the Religions of Late Antiquity

In this major theoretical and methodological statement on the history of religions, Jonathan Z. Smith shows how convert apologetic agendas can dictate the course of comparative religious studies. As

Absorbing Perfections: Kabbalah and Interpretation

In this discussion of Kabbalah - from the mystical trends of medieval Judaism to modern Hasidism - Moshe Idel considers different visions of the nature of the sacred text and of the methods to

From Poimandres to Jacob Böhme : Gnosis, Hermetism and the Christian tradition

The studies collected in this volume deal with ancient, medieval and early modern forms of Gnosis and the diverse expressions of their myths, rites, ideas and expectations. The emphasis lays on

Through a Speculum That Shines: Vision and Imagination in Medieval Jewish Mysticism

A comprehensive treatment of visionary experience in some of the main texts of Jewish mysticism, this book reveals the overwhelmingly visual nature of religious experience in Jewish spirituality from