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Solomon's Secret Arts : The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment / Paul Kléber Monod.

Author/Creator:
Monod, Paul Kléber author., Author,
Publication:
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2013]
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Book
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Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Alchemy.
Enlightenment.
Magic.
Occultism.
Science -- History -- Miscellanea.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
The late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are known as the Age of Enlightenment, a time of science and reason. But in this illuminating book, Paul Monod reveals the surprising extent to which Newton, Boyle, Locke, and other giants of rational thought and empiricism also embraced the spiritual, the magical, and the occult. Although public acceptance of occult and magical practices waxed and waned during this period they survived underground, experiencing a considerable revival in the mid-eighteenth century with the rise of new antiestablishment religious denominations. The occult spilled over into politics with the radicalism of the French Revolution and into literature in early Romanticism. Even when official disapproval was at its strongest, the evidence points to a growing audience for occult publications as well as to subversive popular enthusiasm. Ultimately, finds Monod, the occult was not discarded in favor of "reason" but was incorporated into new forms of learning. In that sense, the occult is part of the modern world, not simply a relic of an unenlightened past, and is still with us today.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: What Was the Occult?
Chapter One: The Alchemical Heyday
Chapter Two: The Silver Age of the Astrologers
Chapter Three: The Occult Contested
Chapter Four: A Fading Flame
Chapter Five: The Newtonian Magi
Chapter Six: The Occult on the Margins
Chapter Seven: The Occult Revival
Chapter Eight: An Occult Enlightenment?
Chapter Nine: Prophets and Revolutions
Conclusion
Manuscript Sources
Notes
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780300195392
OCLC:
841216180
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300195392 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.