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Scholars of hermeticism are quick to point out the complexities and enigmas of this tradition.
Although the intellectual currents of Habsburg learning provided the particular amalgam of mathematical calculation and Neoplatonic hermeticism of Siguenza's astronomy, these cannot account for the context of his attacks on astrology as epistemologically lacking and generally inaccurate.
One is in a sense compelled to address the problem of metaphor in response to a critical tradition that so often frames its discussion of hermeticism with reference to a perceived reliance on analogy.
Here one reads of this Florentine disciple of Giacomo Noventa during his early formation and resistance to various aspects of the dominant culture, from the coarsest squadrismo to the refined climate of hermeticism to the evasiveness of academic idealism.
He draws, for example, upon Frances Yates's seminal studies of the Renaissance occult and Hermeticism.
Ionesco defines Ion Barbu's poetry as hermetical, and hermeticism as facile virtuosity: 'an accumulation of masks'.
Among the examples listed in a report on the problem were the Jewish kabbalah, the Enneagram personality-reading cull, ancient Egyptian occult practices, Sufism, Druid practices, Celtic Christianity, medieval alchemy, Renaissance hermeticism, yoga, and Zen Buddhism.
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.
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.
Arthur Versluis argues that Western esotericism--a wide range of spiritual currents that included alchemy, Hermeticism, Kabbala, Rosicrucianism, and Christian theosophy--transcended both subjectivism and scientific rationalism, giving birth to both industrialization (i.
Other contributions are notable less for their historio-graphical concerns than their close analysis of medieval texts: Charles Burnett on Arabic sources for twelfth-century Hermeticism, Agostino Paravacini-Bagliani on corpses and burial practices, and David d'Avray on symbolic exegesis and the formulation of medieval marriage teaching.