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Solomon's Secret Arts: The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment

Paul Kleber Monod


The late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are known as the Age of Enlightenment, a time of science and reason. This book reveals the surprising extent to which Newton, Boyle, Locke, and other giants of rational thought and empiricism also embraced the spiritual, the magical, and the occult. Although public acceptance of occult and magical practices waxed and waned during this period, they survived underground, experiencing a considerable revival in the mid-eighteenth century with the rise of new antiestablishment religious denominations. The occult spilled over into politics with the radic ... More

Keywords: Age of Enlightenment, science, reason, empiricism, occult, religious denominations, French Revolution, Romanticism, magical practices, Newton

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300123586
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300123586.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Kleber Monod, author