Mysticism and Science

Faculteit Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap
Jaar 2018/19
Vaknaam Mysticism and Science
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Mysticism and Science in European Culture
Leerdoelen At the end of this course, students
- will have a good understanding of the theoretical discussion about science and mysticism;
- will have a basic knowledge of the history of mysticism, Jewish and Christian Kabbalah, and the "occult sciences," including the philosophies of nature that are attached to them;
- will have a critical awareness of the methodological issues related to narratives of enlightenment, secularism, and European modernity.
Omschrijving Mysticism and science have often been presented as two entirely distinct domains. However, as recent research into mystical, esoteric, and "occult" traditions in Europe has shown, such a distinction does not adequately reflect historical developments. Before the emergence in the nineteenth century of what we today call "science," natural philosophy and mystic readings of the cosmos had been an important part of European thinking. This course familiarizes students with the main aspects of this discussion and exemplifies the theme with historical cases taken from Jewish and Christian Kabbalah, alchemy, astrology, and philosophies of nature from the Middle Ages to the modern period.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm lectures and seminars
(Students will present the reading of the week in class (assignment 1) and will write a short essay (assignment 2).)
Vaksoort master
Docent(en) prof. dr. C.K.M. von Stuckrad
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
The readings will be announced in the syllabus.
Opmerkingen Research master students have a different course code: THRM-MSPEH. For these students there will be an extra assignment.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Exchange programme: mastermodules 1 semester I a keuze
Ma Programme Religion and Cultural Heritage 1 semester I a keuzegroep
Ma Programme Theology and Religious Studies (Research) 2 semester I a keuzegroep
Ma Programme Theology and Religious Studies (Research) 1 semester I a keuzegroep