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Exploring the forgotten and rejected story of Western thought

Podcast episodes – The Secret History of Western Esotericism Podcast (SHWEP‪)‬ Earl Fontainelle

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Exploring the forgotten and rejected story of Western thought

    Jean-Marc Narbonne on Plotinus in Dialogue with the Gnostics

    Jean-Marc Narbonne on Plotinus in Dialogue with the Gnostics

    A leading scholar of the interconnections between Plotinus' thought and the thought of the Gnostics whom he disliked so much, Jean-Marc Narbonne discusses some of the Plotinian texts and ideas which make more sense if we see them in dialogue with the Gnostics.

    • 50 min
    Dylan Burns on Sethian Gnosticism

    Dylan Burns on Sethian Gnosticism

    We discuss the Platonistic Sethian tractates and the movements which lay behind them with Copticist and scholar of Platonistic esotericism Dylan Burns. Ancient texts, methodological distinctions, cosmic catastrophe, and salvation abound.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Esoteric Plotinus, Part II: Unsaying the Real

    The Esoteric Plotinus, Part II: Unsaying the Real

    We discuss the ineffable in Plotinus: how it is deployed, how it is esoteric, how scholars have tried to deal with it, and how not least among its paradoxical functions is to call us to the highest initiation.

    • 44 min
    Plotinus on Astrology with Marilynn Lawrence

    Plotinus on Astrology with Marilynn Lawrence

    We speak with Marilynn Lawrence, authority on Platonism, Hellenistic astrology, and the intersection of the two, about Plotinus' theoretical writings on the science of the stars.

    • 38 min
    The Esoteric Plotinus, Part I: Philosophic Silence and Esoteric Reading

    The Esoteric Plotinus, Part I: Philosophic Silence and Esoteric Reading

    We discuss aspects of the esoteric found in two distinct sources – Porphyry's Life of Plotinus and Plotinus' own writings – and think through them. The esoteric Platonist exegete meets the late pagan holy man; are they the same person?

    • 32 min
    Plotinus the Magician? Ritual Practice and Power in Platonism

    Plotinus the Magician? Ritual Practice and Power in Platonism

    We discuss Plotinus on ‘magic’, in theory, and, yes, in practice. Come for magic as applied physics, stay for the apotropaic chickens.

    • 39 min

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One of my favourite podcasts

Interesting, organised, well presented with a variety of highly qualified academic guests. All the history of thought that usually falls through the cracks

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