The Theosophical Enlightenment by Joscelyn Godwin


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SUNY, 1994. First edition. 

'This is an intellectual history of occult and esoteric currents in the English-speaking world from the early Romantic period to the early twentieth century. The Theosophical Society, founded in 1875 by Helena P. Blavatsky, holds a crucial position as the place where all these currents temporarily united, before again diverging.
The book’s ambiguous title points to the author’s thesis that Theosophy owed as much to the sceptical Enlightenment of the eighteenth century as it did to the concept of spiritual enlightenment with which it is more readily associated.'