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Solomon's Secret ArtsThe Occult in the Age of Enlightenment$
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Paul Kleber Monod

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300123586

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300123586.001.0001

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The Occult on the Margins

The Occult on the Margins

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(p.189) Chapter Six The Occult on the Margins
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Solomon's Secret Arts
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Paul Kléber Monod

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300123586.003.0007

This chapter deals with those who faithfully preserved one aspect or another of occult tradition, who existed on the margins of cultural authority—either for social, political, or religious reasons. They possessed a measure of learning but were not gentlemen, even in the loosest sense of the term, and some of them belonged to the region that separated formally educated members of the elite from the rest of the English and Scottish population. Others who were mystics, Tories, Jacobites, or Nonjurors set themselves apart through their fundamental beliefs. These marginal men were, however, less obstructed by the constraints of respectability than the Newtonians, and as such, embraced the fading glow of occult philosophy in ways that were spiritually adventurous. Their espousal of spirituality, sentiment, and feeling placed them in harmony with cultural trends of growing significance.

Keywords:   occult tradition, cultural authority, gentlemen, mystics, Tories, Jacobites, Nonjurors, marginal men, constraints of respectability, Newtonians

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