Baggini's caveat is equally pertinent to some of the extravagant esotericism
9) Moshe Halbertal, Concealment and Revelation: Esotericism
in Jewish Thought and Its Philosophical Implications, tr.
Moreover, hermetic syncretism does not encourage an attitude of humility amongst its followers: on the contrary, since it distrusts all certainties, it creates a void which is filled by the presumption of possessing the secret of the world; the fact that this secret is inexpressible protects the disciple of hermetic esotericism
from all checks and controls, and reinforces his arrogance.
In Dictionary of Gnosis and Western Esotericism
Anderson; The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia, by Laura Miller; Projecting Tolkien's Musical Worlds: A Study of Musical Affect in Howard Shore's Soundtrack to Lord of the Rings, by Matthew Young; Esotericism
, Art, and Imagination, edited by Arthur Versluis et al.
These artists found their inspiration among others in esotericism
(theosophy, anthroposophy, Ouspensky, organica and the Cabbala), whilst their works were hailed as prophetic, foreshadowing a new world.
of the new financial instruments allows them to be understood by very few, one suspects even by only a few of those who deal and trade in them.
Nor is this surprising, given the protective esotericism
concerning the highest truths that Plato espouses--directly in his letters, and indirectly in the dialogues themselves.
A scientist who intends this kind of an inquiry, is likely to be intimidated by Levi-Strauss style that is full of esotericism
, intellectual ambushes, metaphorical subordinate subjects and endless orations (Morris, 2004: 422).
A sample of the AAR subjects on offer: contemplation, religion as a human phenomenon, globalization, economics, victimization, disabilities, healing and religion, homosexuality, symbolization, political power, esotericism
, and pluralism.
The longest chapter of the volume is the fourth, which offers an account of Pico's interest in esotericism
even in works beyond the Heptaplus; Pico's remarks on the subject in the Commento and the Oratio are given special consideration in addition to the Heptaplus.
Not being specialists either in sociology, ethnology, or history, the contributors appear ignorant of research already undertaken in these disciplines regarding the cultural current of esotericism
(aka occultism), from which ideas qualified by them as 'pseudoscientific archaeology' continue to emerge and to spread since the second half of the nineteenth century.