PLEASE NOTE: This programme is undergoing change. From the academic year of 2020-2021 onward, this programme will be part of the new Master's Spirituality and Religion. More information on this will be published soon. If you are planning on visiting the upcoming Master's Day on 9 November and are interested in specialising in Western Esotericism, please visit the information session for the programme Spirituality and Religion.
The Master's programme Western Esotericism focuses on the critical historical and analytical study of esoteric movements in Western culture. Against the backdrop of the Gnostic and hermetic currents of late Antiquity and the history of the so‑called ‘occult sciences' (notably astrology, alchemy, magic), you will explore the revival of Hermetic philosophy during the early Renaissance, the so-called ‘occult philosophy' and its later offshoots (alchemy, Paracelsianism and Rosicrucianism). The programme will also introduce you to Jewish and Christian Kabbalah and the movements arising from it, theosophical and illuminist currents, and the various forms of occultism and related movements during the 19th and 20th centuries, including the New Age movement.
The academic study of Western Esotericism has flourished in recent years, with a veritable cornucopia of new publications. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the first university in the world to offer a coherent programme devoted to this specialised field. The programme therefore represents a unique opportunity for students to be at the vanguard of a new and exciting development in the study of Western culture and religion.
An added advantage of studying Western Esotericism at the UvA is the city's Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (Ritman Library). This library contains the world's best collection of materials (books, manuscripts and early prints) on Hermetic philosophy and related currents, and provides excellent study facilities.
Western Esotericism is an accredited degree programme of Theology and Religious Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Theology and Religious Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).
|Diploma||MA Theology and Religious Studies|
|Studielast||60 EC, 12 maanden|