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Theosophy By Seagrave, Jennifer Large

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1372-1
Published: 02/05/2017
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The term ‘theosophy’, derived from the Greek theo (‘divine’) and sophia (‘wisdom’), refers generally to divine wisdom and its mystical interpretation. Arising in the third century, the term acted as a synonym for theology until the sixteenth century, when Jakob Böhme (1575–1624), drawing on Neoplatonism and alchemy, described it as divine knowledge by which man interprets the natural world – an idea of great importance to the Romantics.

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Seagrave, Jennifer Large. "Theosophy." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 16 Jun. 2019 https://www.rem.routledge.com/articles/theosophy. doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM1372-1

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