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Scholars of hermeticism are quick to point out the complexities and enigmas of this tradition.
In his last period the composer also ventured even deeper into the domain of artistic hermeticism, freed of all imperatives of success or fashion.
Beyond addressing once again the dichotomy between artist and community through a Beckettian filter, the poem registers the hermeticism of the artist's workshop in the inactivity of its contents:
in ways, ironically, that his disciples claim is evidence of his escape from hermeticism.
Yates, who in interpreting Bruno and Renaissance Hermeticism was not afraid of connecting theories and cultural expressions which on the surface are alien to philosophy.
At moments like this, noir's hermeticism is entirely self-evident: the audience fully understands what Gratz cannot, and is thus confronted by the noir paradox of seeing not-seeing.
It is rather a broad tradition which has incorporated ancient Egyptian occult practices, Cabalism, early Christian gnosticism, Sufism, the lore of the Druids, Celtic Christian hermeticism, Zen Buddhism, Yoga, etc.
This greatly undercut its influence since the strength of Renaissance Hermeticism had been its supposed ancient Egyptian authorship.
Only with Renaissance interest in Hermeticism, and subsequent scholarly developments of the eighteenth century crowned by post-Napoleonic philological investigations by Champollion and others, was the historical Egypt reconstructed.
For example, Pico della Mirandola's introduction of hermeticism and cabbalah made him a prime target of the Inquisition.
But the narrative device that seems to have no rhetorical name (though it deserves one) just as well bespeaks the rhetorical excesses of scholarly hermeticism or textual gaming.
But he continued research into the traditions of the occult underground -- gnosticism, hermeticism, alchemy, astrology, the Kabbalah, the Tarot, automatic writing, all forms of magic, Freemasonry, Rosticrucianism, Christian Science, and Theosophy, with the possible application of these systems by the modern psychiatric world.