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- DescriptionThe late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are kwn as the Age of Enlightenment, a time of science and reason. But in this illuminating book, Paul Mod reveals the surprising extent to which Newton, Boyle, Locke, and other giants of rational thought and empiricism also embraced the spiritual, the magical, and the occult. Although public acceptance of occult and magical practices waxed and waned during this period they survived underground, experiencing a considerable revival in the mid-eighteenth century with the rise of new antiestablishment religious deminations. The occult spilled over into politics with the radicalism of the French Revolution and into literature in early Romanticism. Even when official disapproval was at its strongest, the evidence points to a growing audience for occult publications as well as to subversive popular enthusiasm. Ultimately, finds Mod, the occult was t discarded in favor of reason but was incorporated into new forms of learning. In that sense, the occult is part of the modern world, t simply a relic of an unenlightened past, and is still with us today.
- Author BiographyPaul Monod is A. Barton Hepburn Professor of History at Middlebury College. He lives in Weybridge, VT.
- Author(s)Paul Kleber Monod
- PublisherYale University Press
- Date of Publication02/04/2013
- SubjectAlternative Belief Systems
- Place of PublicationNew Haven
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintYale University Press
- Content Note24 b-w illus.
- Weight907 g
- Width155 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine40 mm
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