The Occult in the Age of Enlightenment
Hardback 438pp Illustrated
9780300123586   Product Code: 20168
Newton, Boyle, Locke and other great 'rational' figures of the Enlightenment embraced the magical and occult to a surprising extent, while the popular audience for occult publications grew even when official disapproval was at its strongest. Surveying British occult thinking from 1650 to 1815, Monod brings out its distinctive openness to both learned and popular ideas, and shows how the occult was not discarded in favour of 'reason', but incorporated into new forms of learning.