Episode 8: What is Western Esotericism?

Episode 8 of Unorthodoxy with Witch Zaftig discusses the scholarly category of “Western Esotericism”: how scholars frame their discourse; what is or is not “esoteric”; what’s so western about “western” esotericism, and why is the distinction important?

The two main sources consulted are:

Western Esotericism: A Guide for the Perplexed, by Wouter J. Hangraaff;

And Western Esotericism: A Brief History of Secret Knowledge by Kocku von Stuckrad.

As always, you can listen to the stand-alone segment here, or the entire 9sense Podcast in which I co-host.

Originally aired on March 15, 2015.

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