This collection explores the role of innovation in understanding the history of esotericism. It illustrates how innovation is a mechanism of negotiation whereby an idea is either produced against, or adapted from, an older set of concepts in order to respond to a present context. Featuring contributions from distinguished scholars of esotericism, it covers many different fields and themes including magic, alchemy, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy, Tarot, apocalypticism and eschatology, Mesmerism, occultism, prophecy, and mysticism.
Georgiana D. Hedesan is Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Oxford, UK. She is the author of An Alchemical Quest for Universal Knowledge: The 'Christian Philosophy' of Jan Baptist Van Helmont (1579-1644) (2016).
Tim Rudbøg is Associate Professor and Director of the Copenhagen Center for the Study of Theosophy and Esotericism at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His recent co-edited book Imagining the East: The Early Theosophical Society was published in 2020.
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