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After Armageddon

in The Place of Enchantment

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780226642017
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226642031 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226642031.003.0008
After Armageddon

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In its occult variation, “mysticism” was simultaneously a response to the “soul sickness” of 1890 and an acknowledgment of the modern skeptical self. Aleister Crowley, long the renegade, held unapologetically pro-German sympathies, and left England for the United States toward the end of 1914. The so-called new psychology offered a structured and disciplined blueprint for life as it is lived in a “disenchanted” world, and addressed familiar issues of meaning and existence in a language partially stripped of arcane reference. The Place of Enchantment has itself been conceived within the later twentieth-century context of a broad intellectual shift within the disciplines, one that questions Enlightenment ideals of order and rationality, and promotes the importance of the extraordinary and apparently marginal for understanding cultural norms.

Keywords: mysticism; soul sickness; disenchanted; Enlightenment; cultural norms

Chapter.  7517 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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