The problem of disenchantment : scientific naturalism and esoteric discourse, 1900-1939 / by Egil Asprem
- Asprem, Egil
- Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 
- Physical Description:
- x, 631 pages ; 25 cm.
- Numen book series, studies in the history of religions, 0169-8834 ; VOLUME 147
- This book offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the intellectual history of science, religion, and the occult in the early 20th century. By developing a new approach to Max Webers famous idea of a disenchantment of the world, and drawing on an impressively diverse set of sources, Egil Asprem opens up a broad field of inquiry that connects the histories of science, religion, philosophy, and Western esotericism.0Parapsychology, occultism, and the modern natural sciences are usually viewed as distinct cultural phenomena with highly variable intellectual credentials. In spite of this view, Asprem demonstrates that all three have met with similar intellectual problems related to the intelligibility of nature, the relation of facts to values, and the dynamic of immanence and transcendence, and solved them in comparable terms.
- 9789004251922 (hardback : alk. paper)
9004251928 (hardback : alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 561-611) and index.
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