Academic Catalog 2017-2018 
    
    Jun 19, 2019  
Academic Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HST 245 - Occult Sciences and Societies

Course Units: 1
(Not Offered this Academic Year) Surveys the rise of occult sciences, such as ritual magic, astrology, and alchemy, and the influence of real and imagined secret societies dedicated to the preservation and transmission of such esoteric knowledge. Examines the legends associated with the suppression of the Templars in fourteenth-century France, and the revival of Platonism, Jewish Kabbalah, and pseudo-Egyptian Hermeticism in Renaissance Italy. Considers the dissemination of such ideas throughout early-modern Europe, the alchemical theories of Paracelsus and Isaac Newton, and the imagined societies of esoteric utopias. Concludes with the rise of Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, and the Bavarian Illuminati and their possible influence on the French Revolution.



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