Salomon provides insightful responses to his fellow participants on subjects ranging from the hidden meanings of certain words in Hebrew to a defense of esotericism
, but still with his tendency to lecture for long periods of time.
In Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism
, edited by Wouter Hanegraaff, Antoine Faivre, Roelof van den Broek, and Jean-Pierre Brach, 164-68.
As a rhetorical form, esotericism
has four possible functions: defensive (to defend the writer from persecution), protective (to protect society from indigestible truths), pedagogical (to educate the philosophically teachable), and political (to establish a new, nonreligious, and "enlightened" society).
Thus during the nineteenth century several currents of thought emerged which completely undermined both the cosmological world-view of esotericism
, and the mechanistic philosophy and positivism of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
In a post-communist culture, the great charm of esotericism
is that it is not dialectical materialism.
Me interesa en especial discutir dos obras: Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism
, y The Power of Tantra: Religion, Sexuality and the Politics of South Asian Studies.
At the end of the book this reviewer was left wanting a more substantive discussion with regards to the social dynamics of "mystery" language in the Scrolls, not least because "mystery" language, secrecy, and esotericism
are important social phenomena in religious thinking.
Another example that illustrates this strategy is Altman's claim that Strauss had discovered esotericism
well before he began to study with care the medieval Jewish and Islamic philosophers.
Daniel Davies' Method and Metaphysics addresses this well-worn issue, Maimonides' esotericism
, in a refreshingly reasonable, constructive, and original way.
A history of modern yoga: Patanjali and Western Esotericism
Strauss's argument about esotericism
is both historically and philosophically incoherent and useless in any methodological sense.
Her self-directed studies led her to ancient mythology, pagan fertility rituals, comparative religion, and eventually Tantra and other forms of Asian esotericism