The Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents – HHP
In 1999, an innovative chair and expertise center was created at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam, focused on the history of Western esotericism from the Renaissance to the present. The label “Western esotericism” refers here to a complex of historical currents such as, notably the Hermetic philosophy of the Renaissance, mystical, magical, alchemical and astrological currents, Christian kabbalah, Paracelsianism, Rosicrucianism, Christian theosophy, and the many occultist and related esoteric currents that developed in their wake during the 19th and the 20th centuries. This complex of “alternative” religious currents is studied from a critical historical and interdisciplinary perspective, with the intention of studying the roles that they have played in the history of Western culture.
In the past ten years, the chair for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents has succeeded in establishing itself as the most important center for study and teaching in this domain, and has strongly contributed to the establishment of Western esotericism as a recognized academic field of research.
The HHP is project partner of the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, the Hermetically Open Project – Hermetic Amsterdam is a track developed by the two institutes in which academic education and the library’s sources are conjoined in multiple initiatives. The kick-off of the track took place in September 2012 and since then we have developed the Infinite Fire Webinar Series, collaborated for the Enchanted Modernities Conference and are strengthening online connection. A Young Scholar Blog as also other projects will be launched soon.
The HHP is the BPH’s partner of the Hermetically Open Project
– Hermetic Amsterdam
The Infinite Fire Webinars Series:
- I – The Alchemy of the Amphitheatrum
- II – The Emblemata of the Atalanta Fugiens
- III – Monas Hieroglyphica
- IV – The Revival of Platonic Orientalism
- V – The Real Hermetic Tradition
- VI – The Theosophical System of Jacob Böhme