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The Sorcerer and His Apprentice

Alex Owen

in Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863075
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979974 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.003.0002
The Sorcerer and His Apprentice

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This chapter discusses the theme of the “sacralization of the self,” and places Crowley's magical work in the context of a fin de siècle occultism. It tries to determine whether Crowley's magic expresses a modern sense of the self. Next, it interprets the magical exploration of John Dee's “Aethyrs” that Crowley did along with Victor Neuburg in 1909, in order to try to understand the complete implications of subjectivity.

Keywords: sacralization of the self; magical work; fin de siècle occultism; modern sense of self; magical exploration; implications of subjectivity

Chapter.  17382 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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