PHI 451 – Introduction to Modern Western Esotericism by Renaud Fabbri, Ph.D.
Esotericism is an attractive topic but its study is usually made difficult by prejudices (either pro or against it). The course has been designed to offer a balanced approach, proposing both insider and outsider/academic perspectives. The course will focus on Modern Western Esotericism (MWE) from the perennial philosophy of the Renaissance to the New Age. Its purpose is to prepare the student for more advanced material by introducing major currents as well as topics.
Antoine Faivre’s A Concise History of Western Esotericism as well as Wouter J. Hanegraaff’s Western Esotericism: A Guide to the Perplexed as manuals for the course.
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