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The Cambridge Handbook of Western Mysticism and Esotericism

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Mysticism and esotericism are two intimately related strands of the Western tradition. Despite their close connections, however, scholars tend to treat them separately. Whereas the study of Western mysticism enjoys a long and established history, Western esotericism is a young field. The Cambridge Handbook of Western Mysticism and Esotericism examines both of these traditions together. The volume demonstrates that the roots of esotericism almost always lead back to mystical traditions, while the work of mystics was bound up with esoteric or occult preoccupations. It also shows why mysticism and esotericism must be examined together if either is to be understood fully. Including contributions by leading scholars, this volume features essays on such topics as alchemy, astrology, magic, Neoplatonism, Kabbalism, Renaissance Hermetism, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, numerology, Christian theosophy, spiritualism, and much more. This Handbook serves as both a capstone of contemporary scholarship and a cornerstone of future research.

Product code: 9780521734912

ISBN 9780521734912
No. Of Pages 514
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H230xW150xS25
This Handbook brings together articles on two distinct but related subjects: Western mysticism and Western esotericism. Readers will be able to trace, in one volume, connections between mystical and esoteric currents of thought. The essays are accessible to novices, but will be of interest to seasoned scholars as well.