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Author Fleming, John V.
Title The dark side of the enlightenment : wizards, alchemists, and spiritual seekers in the Age of Reason / John V. Fleming.
Published New York, N.Y. : W. W. Norton & Company, [2013].
Book Cover

 Floor2  B802 .F55 2013    IN LIBRARY
Edition First edition.
Description xv, 414 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: The light and the dark -- Valentine Greatrakes, the stroker -- The convulsionists -- The Rosy Cross -- The Freemasons -- Three occult arts -- Cagliostro ascending -- Cagliostro declining -- Julie de Krüdener, mondaine -- Julie de Krüdener, dévote.
Summary In The Dark Side of the Enlightenment John V. Fleming shows how the impulses of the European Enlightenment generally associated with great strides in the liberation of human thought from superstition and traditional religion were challenged by tenacious religious ideas or channeled into the darker pursuits of the esoteric and the occult. His topics include the stubborn survival of the miraculous the Enlightenment roles of Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry and the widespread pursuit of magic and alchemy.
Subject Enlightenment -- Miscellanea.
ISBN 0393079465 (hbk.)
9780393079463 (hbk.) : $27.95
OCLC number 845349380