Hidden Presence: Race and/in the History, Construct and Study of Western Esotericism
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SourceReligion, 50, 4, (2020), pp. 479-503
29 juli 2019
Article / Letter to editor
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Leerstoel Wijsgerige ethiek en politieke filosofie
SubjectCenter for Political Philosophy and Ethics (CPPE)
Except for a few studies that explore the intersections between esoteric ideas/practices and white supremacy, race has largely been ignored in the field of Western esotericism. This article seeks to partake in remedying this lacuna. To do so, it provides a deconstructive analysis of the way race has operated in the field. I argue that race, although consistently overlooked, has functioned as a ‘hidden presence’ that has shaped both the historical formation of the field and the construct of Western esotericism – so much so, in fact, that we may conceive it as a subtext in and for the dominant ‘grand narrative’ of Western esotericism. In conclusion, I investigate recent attempts to omit ‘Western’ as a definitive adjective in the study of esotericism, thereby proposing that, even as we move ‘beyond the West,’ we must also continue to investigate the entanglements of ‘Western’ and whiteness.
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