An Alternative Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century

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Every year since 1933 many of the world's leading intellectuals have met on Lake Maggiore to discuss the latest developments in philosophy, history, art and science and, in particular, to explore the mystical and symbolic in religion. This book presents a set of portraits of some of the century's most influential thinkers, all participants at Eranos: Carl Jung, Erich Neumann, Mircea Eliade, Martin Buber, Walter Otto, Paul Tillich, Gershom Scholem, Herbert Read, Erwin Schrodinger, Karl Kereyni and D T Suzuki. Distilling decades of archival research and interviews, Hakl illuminates the trialogue of religion, esotericism and scholarship that began with Eranos and continues to the present day. He shows how the gatherings played an important counterpart to the dominant spiritual and intellectual history of the time by encouraging freedom of thought and radicality.