Publisher:Albany, NY :State University of New York Press,c2000.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-259) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Geneses -- Universities -- Criteriologies -- Methods -- Theosophies -- The Theosophical Current: A Periodization -- The Birth and the First Golden Age of the Theosophical Current (End of the Sixteenth Century Through the Seventeenth Century) -- Its Genesis and Appearance -- The Characteristics of Theosophy and the Reasons for Its Success -- The First Corpus and the First Critical Discourses -- The Transitional Period (First Half of the Eighteenth Century) -- Two Theosophical Families -- Some Succinct Criticisms -- Jacob Brucker, or the First Systematic Description -- From Pre-Romanticism to Romanticism, or the Second Golden Age -- Reasons for the Revival -- Three Areas of the Theosophical Terrain -- The Word "Theosophy" and a Few Criticisms -- Effacement and Permanence (End of the Nineteenth to Twentieth Centuries) -- Factors in the Dissolution -- A Discreet Presence -- New Perspectives on the Theosophical Current -- Theosophy and Speculative Mysticism of the Baroque Century in Germany (Note on the Works of Bernard Gorceix) -- Valentin Weigel -- Johann Georg Gichtel -- Mysticism and Theosophy in Baroque Germany -- Theater, Kabbalah, and Alchemy -- Society and Utopias -- Theosophical Points of View on the Death Penalty -- Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin -- Joseph de Maistre -- Franz von Baader -- Exercises of Imagination -- Vis Imaginativa (a Study of Some Aspects of the Magical Imagination and Its Mythical Foundations) -- From Jacob's Sheep to the Magic Seed of Paracelsus -- Ways, Byways, and Stakes in the Great Century.
"Not only does this book present the current state of research in esotericism, but it also explores three main aspects of the field from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Previously published in French and now available in English for the first time, Theosophy, Imagination, Tradition traces the history of the theosophical current, its continuity and shifts, against the background of social and cultural events. The book also covers the Paracelsian course, the romantic Philosophies of Nature and the Occultist movement. The book provides glimpses into the notions and practices of the so-called "active" and "creative" imagination, and questions how they serve as a bridge into certain kinds of mystical experience. It also examines the place that the notion of "tradition" occupies in some major exponents of western esotericism."-- Jacket.