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Frenzies of the Beast

Matthew D. Rogers

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/9780199863075.003.0008
Frenzies of the Beast

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This chapter studies a certain case of classical literature, which is the “Frenzies of the Beast: The Phaedran Furores in the Rites and Writings of Aleister Crowley.” It analyzes the classification of the “frenzies” from Plato's Phaedrus, as well as the explanation given by later Neoplatonists and Platonists. It then introduces Crowley's article “Energized Enthusiasm”, which serves as an important source for the understanding of Crowley's view of sexual magic.

Keywords: classical literature; sexual magic; frenzies; Phaedrus; Energized Enthusiasm; Platonists; Neoplatonists

Chapter.  6742 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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