The Problem of Disenchantment: Scientific Naturalism and Esoteric Discourse, 1900-1939

The Problem of Disenchantment: Scientific Naturalism and Esoteric Discourse, 1900-1939

by Egil Asprem


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ISBN-13: 9781438469928
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Series: SUNY series in Western Esoteric Traditions Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 646
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Egil Asprem is Associate Professor of History of Religions at the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions, and Gender Studies, Stockholm University, and the author of Arguing with Angels: Enochian Magic and Modern Occulture, also published by SUNY Press.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Introduction the Limits of Reason

Part 1.
From Process to Problem

1. From Process to Problem

2. Science as Worldview

Part 2.
New Natural Theologies

3. Brave New World: An Introduction to Part Two

4. Physical Science in a Modern Mode

5. The Meaning of Life: Mechanism and Purpose in the Sciences of Life and Mind

6. Five Schools of Natural Theology: Reconciling Science and Religion

Part 3.
Laboratories of Enchantment

7. Against Agnosticism: Psychical Research and the Naturalisation of the Supernatural

8. Laboratories of Enchantment: Parapsychology in Search of a Paradigm

9. Professionals Out of the Ordinary: How Parapsychology Became a University Discipline

Part 4.
Esoteric Epistemologies

10. Esoteric Epistemologies

11. The Problems of a Gnostic Science: The Case of Theosophy’s Occult Chemistry

12. Perceiving Higher Worlds: Two Perspectives

Conclusion Implications for the Study of Science, Religion, and Esotericism

Index of Names
Index of Subjects

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