Synopses & Reviews
This study is centred on the genealogy of the esoteric in modernism, demonstrated using the exemplar of 19th century cosmographic discourse. It analyses the whole of the Cosmos text by Alexander von Humboldt, who thus becomes identified as the founder of a philosophical-esoteric cosmology. Using Fechner's Zend-Avesta and HArbiger's World Ice Theory, together with work by the classicist Paul Carus and the Darwinist Ernst Haeckel, the genesis is demonstrated of a world-view movement, the signature of which has coloured both the history of science and popular culture up to the present day.
Starting with a close analysis of Humboldt's famous Kosmos, this study discusses the genealogy of Modern Esotericism and its relations to contemporary fiction. As part of the antimaterialist movement in the 19th century, the works of Carl Gustav Carus, Gustav Theodor Fechner, Ernst Haeckel and Hanns H rbiger try to establish a modernist philosophy of nature, which became highly influential both in modern history of science and in popular esotericism.