Solomon's Secret Arts: The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment

Solomon's Secret Arts: The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment

Paul Kléber Monod


The overdue 17th and eighteenth centuries are referred to as the Age of Enlightenment, a time of technological know-how and cause. yet during this illuminating booklet, Paul Monod unearths the staggering volume to which Newton, Boyle, Locke, and different giants of rational idea and empiricism additionally embraced the religious, the mystical, and the occult.
 
Although public attractiveness of occult and magical practices waxed and waned in this interval they survived underground, experiencing a substantial revival within the mid-eighteenth century with the increase of latest antiestablishment non secular denominations. The occult spilled over into politics with the radicalism of the French Revolution and into literature in early Romanticism. even if reliable disapproval was once at its most powerful, the facts issues to a growing to be viewers for occult guides in addition to to subversive well known enthusiasm. eventually, unearths Monod, the occult used to be now not discarded in desire of “reason” yet used to be integrated into new kinds of studying. In that feel, the occult is a part of the fashionable international, now not easily a relic of an unenlightened earlier, and continues to be with us today.

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