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Conclusion

Walter Ott

in Causation and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Philosophy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199570430
eISBN:
9780191722394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570430.003.0023
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

Any attempt to resuscitate the powers of created beings, and hence the bottom‐up picture, must navigate between two obstacles. On one side lies occultism: given ontological mechanism, there seems no ... More


Modern Alchemy: Occultism and the Emergence of Atomic Theory

Mark Morrisson

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195306965
eISBN:
9780199785414
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306965.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

While many alchemists were intelligent and well-intentioned thinkers, their experiments are usually regarded as failed wizardry rather than scientific investigation. The alchemists' extreme goals ... More


The Cultural World of the Edwardian Agent

Priya Satia

in Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain's Covert Empire in the Middle East

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195331417
eISBN:
9780199868070
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331417.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter explains why Britons were particularly drawn to the Ottoman Empire in this period and how intelligence agents' particular cultural motivations disposed them to epistemological ... More


The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival

June O. Leavitt

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199827831
eISBN:
9780199919444
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This book aims to show that the “Kafkaesque” in Franz Kafka may be immediate or residual impressions of the clairvoyance which Kafka admitted he suffered from: Those aspects of his writings in which ... More


Introduction

June O. Leavitt

in The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199827831
eISBN:
9780199919444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827831.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter presents two major implications that can be drawn from Kafka’s confession to Rudolph Steiner that he occasionally experienced states of clairvoyance while writing. First, Kafka’s prose ... More


Control of Types, Types of Control: The Gothic, the Occult, the Crowd

Seamus Deane

in Strange Country: Modernity and Nationhood in Irish Writing since 1790

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184904
eISBN:
9780191674389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184904.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The first section of this chapter considers the Irish character in print, looking largely at Charlotte Brooke’s and James Hardiman’s works. The second section explores occultism and folklore, ... More


Crisis and Withdrawal: The Programme Undermined and Retracted, 1612–25

Howard Hotson

in Johann Heinrich Alsted 1588–1638: Between Renaissance, Reformation, and Universal Reform

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208280
eISBN:
9780191677960
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208280.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

In the years after his return to Herborn, Johann Heinrich Alsted's commitment to Ramon Lull and the art of memory sustained a series of assaults from near and far. Five years and ten publications ... More


Theodor Adorno and the “Occult”

Arthur Versluis

in The New Inquisitions: Heretic-Hunting and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Totalitarianism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195306378
eISBN:
9780199850914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306378.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter examines the works of German sociologist and philosopher Theodor Adorno in relation to the emergence of modern totalitarianism. It suggests that irrationalism was a significant theme of ... More


Yeats’s Ritual of Revolt

Sinéad Garrigan Mattar

in Primitivism, Science, and the Irish Revival

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199268955
eISBN:
9780191710148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268955.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

It is in his dramatic work that there is most evidence of William Butler Yeats's reading of comparative science. Given both Yeats's literary primitivism and his supernaturalism, it was inevitable ... More


The Third Reich’s War on the Occult: Anti-Occultism, Hitler’s Magicians’ Controversy, and the Hess Action

Eric Kurlander

in Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780300189452
eISBN:
9780300190373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300189452.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter examines the regime's policies toward occultists in the early to middle years of the Third Reich, including ‘Hitler's Magicians' Controversy’ — a debate over whether to allow ... More


Occult Losses

Sumathi Ramaswamy

in The Lost Land of Lemuria: Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520240322
eISBN:
9780520931855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520240322.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter explores the losses around Lemuria from the point of view of Euro-American occultists. It examines Lemuria's place in occult labors of loss around disappeared worlds and vanished pasts. ... More


The Lost Land of Lemuria: Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories

Sumathi Ramaswamy

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520240322
eISBN:
9780520931855
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520240322.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

During the nineteenth century, Lemuria was imagined as a land that once bridged India and Africa but disappeared into the ocean millennia ago, much like Atlantis. A sustained meditation on a lost ... More


Occultists Study Dark Arts: 1850s–1900

Thomas Waters

in Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780300221404
eISBN:
9780300249453
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300221404.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter shows that witchcraft did not beguile only rustic simpletons during the Victorian era. In cities and suburbs, behind expensive curtains and in bay-windowed houses, avant-garde types ... More


Promethean Theurgy

George M. Young

in The Russian Cosmists: The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199892945
eISBN:
9780199950577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892945.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses Promethean tendencies of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century similar to, but not identical with, Cosmism. Topics include life creation, god building, cultural ... More


The Eloquent Blood: The Goddess Babalon and the Construction of Femininities in Western Esotericism

Manon Hedenborg White

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780190065027
eISBN:
9780190065058
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190065027.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The study analyzes constructions of femininity and feminine sexuality in interpretations of the goddess Babalon, a central deity in the British occultist Aleister Crowley’s (1875–1947) religion ... More


Recycled Lives: A History of Reincarnation in Blavatsky's Theosophy

Julie Chajes

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190909130
eISBN:
9780190909161
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190909130.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Philosophy of Religion

This study historicises and contextualises the rebirth doctrines of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831–1891), the matriarch of the Theosophical Society and one of the most influential women of the ... More


The Sorcerer and His Apprentice: Aleister Crowley and the Magical Exploration of Edwardian Subjectivity

Alex Owen

in Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199863075
eISBN:
9780199979974
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter discusses the theme of the “sacralization of the self,” and places Crowley's magical work in the context of a fin de siècle occultism. It tries to determine whether Crowley's magic ... More


Drawing: The Debschitz School and Formalism’s Subject

Zeynep Çelik Alexander

in Kinaesthetic Knowing: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Modern Design

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226485201
eISBN:
9780226485348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226485348.003.0005
Subject:
Art, Art Theory and Criticism

Atelier for Teaching and Experimenting in Applied and Free Art, founded in Munich in 1902 by Hermann Obrist and Wilhelm von Debschitz, was arguably the most successful of numerous independent art ... More


Case Study I: Signs of Life or “False Flames”?: Jules Luys and the Controversy over “Effluviography”

Peter Geimer

in Inadvertent Images: A History of Photographic Apparitions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226471877
eISBN:
9780226471907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226471907.003.0004
Subject:
Art, Photography

This chapters examines the dialectic of fact and artifact in a case study on the so-called “effluviographs,” which, toward the end of the century, were regarded as proof of the existence of an ... More


The Place of Enchantment: British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern

Alex Owen

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226642017
eISBN:
9780226642031
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226642031.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

By the end of the nineteenth century, Victorians were seeking rational explanations for the world in which they lived. The radical ideas of Charles Darwin had shaken traditional religious beliefs. ... More


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