Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Esotericism and the Academy: Rejected Knowledge in Western Culture.
The Table of Contents:
Here is the publisher's description:Introduction: Hic sunt dracones1. The History of Truth: Recovering Ancient WisdomCompeting Macrohistories – Platonic Orientalism – The Christian Apologists – The Wise Man fromthe East: Gemistos Plethon – The Platonic Theologian: Marsilio Ficino – Secret Moses: Giovanni Picodella Mirandola and Christian Kabbalah – The Universal Catholic: Agostino Steuco – The End of aCycle
2. The History of Error: Exorcizing PaganismAgainst the Pagans – Against the Fathers – The Anti‐Apologist: Jacob Thomasius – TheHeresiologist: Ehregott Daniel Colberg – The Pietist Reaction – The Birth of Religionism: GottfriedArnold –Enlightenment and Eclipse – The Historian: Jacob Brucker – The Parting of the Ways
3. The Error of History: Imagining the OccultTainted Terminologies 1: Superstition – Tainted Terminologies 2: Magic – Tainted Terminologies 3:Occult – Alchemy between Science and Religion – The Organization of Secrecy – The OccultMarketplace – Elemental Fiction – Compendia of Rejected Knowledge – Secret Traditions andHidden Histories – The Waste Land
4. The Truth of History: Entering the AcademyMagnetic Historiography: German Romantic Mesmerism and Evolutionism – The Archetype ofEranos: Carl Gustav Jung and the Western Unconscious – Eranos and Religionism: Scholem, Corbin,Eliade – The Return of the Historians: From Peuckert and Thorndike to Frances Yates – AntoineFaivre and Western Esotericism – Esotericism in the AcademyConclusion: Restoring Memory
Academics tend to look on 'esoteric', 'occult' or 'magical' beliefs with contempt, but are usually ignorant about the religious and philosophical traditions to which these terms refer, or their relevance to intellectual history. Wouter Hanegraaff tells the neglected story of how intellectuals since the Renaissance have tried to come to terms with a cluster of 'pagan' ideas from late antiquity that challenged the foundations of biblical religion and Greek rationality. Expelled from the academy on the basis of Protestant and Enlightenment polemics, these traditions have come to be perceived as the Other by which academics define their identity to the present day. Hanegraaff grounds his discussion in a meticulous study of primary and secondary sources, taking the reader on an exciting intellectual voyage from the fifteenth century to the present day and asking what implications the forgotten history of exclusion has for established textbook narratives of religion, philosophy and science.