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Exploring the forgotten and rejected story of Western thought

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Exploring the forgotten and rejected story of Western thought

    I Got Soul, And I’m Super Bad: Basilides of Alexandria

    I Got Soul, And I’m Super Bad: Basilides of Alexandria

    Basilides of Alexandria, one of the first Christian philosophers and scriptural exegetes, is known as one of the great Gnostic heresiarchs of the second century. But what did he actually teach? It's mind-blowing and it's esoteric.

    • 45 min
    Warfaring Strangers: Prolegomena to Second-Century Christianity

    Warfaring Strangers: Prolegomena to Second-Century Christianity

    We take a deep breath before diving into detailed discussions of early esoteric Christianities to consider a few key terms and their historical development. What was orthodoxy? What was heresy? Who were the heresiologists, and what were they doing?

    • 38 min
    Michael Williams on the Trouble with ‘Gnosticism’

    Michael Williams on the Trouble with ‘Gnosticism’

    Professor Michael Williams leads us on a tour of ‘Gnosticism’, both as a term (used and misused by ancient heresiologists, Reformation-era polemicists, modern scholars, and even modern ‘Gnostics’) and as a group of late-ancient religious texts which are very, very interesting, but which should probably not be called ‘Gnostic’.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Alone with the Alone: Numenius’ Metaphysics

    Alone with the Alone: Numenius’ Metaphysics

    We explore the philosophy of Numenius, in which we see the stirrings of a new type of apophatic discourse of transcendence which will come to be definitive of late antique metaphysics and theology.

    • 42 min
    Inter philosophos occultorum curiosior: Numenius of Apamea

    Inter philosophos occultorum curiosior: Numenius of Apamea

    We investigate the esoteric practice of one of Middle Platonism's most enigmatic figures, the great Numenius of Apamea.

    • 33 min
    Korshi Dosoo on the Papyri Græcæ Magicæ and Western Esotericism

    Korshi Dosoo on the Papyri Græcæ Magicæ and Western Esotericism

    We speak with papyrologist Korshi Dosoo about the history, interpretation, and makeup of the body of documents known nowadays as the Greek Magical Papyri. It all starts in ancient Egypt, but it doesn't stop until Aleister Crowley and the Mormons have made an appearance.

    • 1 hr 14 min

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