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Hermetic Spirituality and the Historical Imagination:
Altered States of Knowledge in Late Antiquity
Cambridge University Press. xvi + 438 pp.
The tradition of Hermetic spirituality that flourished in Roman Egypt was grounded in experiential techniques that had a powerful effect on the consciousness of practitioners. Their goal was to “heal the soul” of mental delusion and lead it to gnosis, ultimate salvational knowledge.
Esotericism and the Academy: Rejected Knowledge in Western Culture
Cambridge University Press 2012. x + 468 pp.
A historical analysis of the process in which the religious and intellectual mainstream in the history of Western culture has been defining its identity by means of excluding its polemical others.
Lodovico Lazzarelli (1447-1500):
The Hermetic Writings and related documents
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies: Tempe 2005. 356 pp.
With Ruud M. Bouthoorn.
The first complete edition with english translation and introduction of the Hermetic writings of Lodovico Lazzarelli, the first translator next to Marsilio Ficino of the Hermetica.
Hermes in the Academy:
Ten Years' Study of Western Esotericism at the University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam University Press 2009. 163 pp.
Edited with Joyce Pijnenburg.
About the history of the program at the University of Amsterdam, and the study of Western esotericism, with contributions by staff members, (ex)students and international colleagues.
Western Esotericism and the Science of Religion:
Selected papers presented at the 17th congress of the IAHR, Mexico City 1995
Peeters: Louvain 1998. xvii + 309 pp.
Edited with Antoine Faivre.
The sessions devoted to Western esotericism at the 17th congress of the International Association for the History of Religions in Mexico City, 1995, signalled the first major breakthrough of this field in the academic study of religion.
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