By Kennet Granholm
In Dark Enlightenment Kennet Granholm explores the ancient, sociological, and discursive contexts of up to date esoteric magic. The e-book is concentrated at the Sweden-originated Left-Hand course magic order Dragon Rouge particularly, yet via an in depth contextualizing exam of this example research it deals a broader visage of up to date esotericism often. the writer takes cue from either the historiography of Western esotericism and the sociological examine of recent religions and spiritual swap, aiming to supply a transdisciplinary framework for a accomplished research of esotericism in past due modernity.
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While von Stuckrad elsewhere defines discourse as ‘the totality of certain though-systems that interact with societal systems in manifold ways’ his use remains vague. Von Stuckrad, ‘Esoteric Discourse and the European History of Religion’, 221. 134 Mills, Discourse, 7. 135 Coupland & Jaworski, ‘Introduction’, 7, note that this sort of focus on abstract value systems is quite rare. However, in religious studies they certainly dominate, with very few actual grounded discourse analytical studies having been made.
119 To this, the various pre-Christian religions of Europe can be added. Esoteric discourse thus operates in a heterogeneous religious milieu in which identities, relations, affinities etc. are constructed by reference to the ‘others’ that one does not wish to be associated with. The very concept of esoteric discourse becomes an analytical tool that is consciously constructed by the scholar for the purpose of investigating processes of identity formation, and an instrument through which one can shine light on developments that have all too often been neglected in the investigation of seemingly monolithic ‘traditions’.
120 Esoteric elements can be found in certain interpretations of contemporary natural science as well. 121 Social Constructionism, Discourse, and Discourse Analysis This study relies heavily on discourse analysis. The method, as well as the concept discourse itself, builds on social constructionist epistemology,122 a constructivist perspective that specifically emphasizes the role of language and communication as the means through which social reality, relationships, identities etc. 124 Our understandings of the world, phenomena in it, and even our very selves are by 120 Dobbs, The Foundations of Newton’s Alchemy.
Dark Enlightenment: The Historical, Sociological, and Discursive Contexts of Contemporary Esoteric Magic (Aries Book Series, Volume 18) by Kennet Granholm