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The Occult Mind: Magic in Theory and Practice Hardcover – March 29, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0801445385 ISBN-10: 0801445388 Edition: 1st

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"The Occult Mind draws on many magical traditions including Hermetism, alchemy, John Dee, Japanese No plays, Goethe, Giordano Bruno, and others, but its primary purpose is to argue that occult traditions are a form of theoretical thought and should be analyzed as such. . . . The result is an intriguing hermeneutical analysis of magical consciousness that provides insight into the logic and internal meaning of occult traditions and texts, while illuminating the thought of seminal scholars of religion, including Mircea Eliade, Frances Yates, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Jacques Derrida, and Jonathan Z. Smith. Highly recommended."—Choice, January 2008



"A riveting and serious philosophical reevaluation of the intellectual history of the occult in the West."—Christina Oakley Harrington, owner and manager of Treadwell's Bookshop, London

"In my study at home I have removed perhaps fifty volumes from the thousands on the shelves along the walls and placed them in a special section of exceptional 'good-to-think' books that I need to have ready-to-hand near my desk. I can imagine wanting to keep a copy of Christopher Lehrich's book there. I know of no books with which The Occult Mind can be compared; it speaks primarily to semiotics, anthropology, history of religions, and history of science. It could easily gain the status of an occult masterpiece."—Richard J. Parmentier, Brandeis University



"The Occult Mind is both brilliant and breathtaking in its conceptual boldness. If this important book is any indication, Christopher Lehrich is well on his way to being one of those authors who require readers to think in new ways. Add to this the rigor and insight of Lehrich's performance by even conventional standards and one sees that The Occult Mind deserves to be a classic."—Allison Coudert, University of California, Davis

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"In my study at home I have removed perhaps fifty volumes from the thousands on the shelves along the walls and placed them in a special section of exceptional 'good-to-think' books that I need to have ready-to-hand near my desk. I can imagine wanting to keep a copy of Christopher Lehrich's book there. I know of no books with which The Occult Mind can be compared; it speaks primarily to semiotics, anthropology, history of religions, and history of science. It could easily gain the status of an occult masterpiece."--Richard J. Parmentier, Brandeis University

"The Occult Mind is both brilliant and breathtaking in its conceptual boldness. If this important book is any indication, Christopher Lehrich is well on his way to being one of those authors who require readers to think in new ways. Add to this the rigor and insight of Lehrich's performance by even conventional standards and one sees that The Occult Mind deserves to be a classic."--Allison Coudert, University of California, Davis

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (March 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801445388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801445385
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,862,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Harviainen Jussi T on May 14, 2007
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The official descriptions given for this brilliant book are somewhat misleading. Its greatest value is in that Dr. Lehrich presents an excellent look into the study of magic - not in the sense of "studying to do" but rather "studying to understand views on". This is not an occult tome, but a very serious look at how, and in what context, researchers have written on the works of people such as John Dee or Giordano Bruno.

In addition to this, the book is filled with parallels drawn between ways of magical thinking and modern concepts of semiotics, history of science, etc. Thus it becomes an essential look on both the "how" and "why" of studying the works of occult thinkers in a way that takes into account their original situations and world-views.

The Occult Mind is a very heavy read, filled with necessary jargon and highly complex concepts. Lehrich nevertheless uses such terminology and material consistently, and writes extremely well, keeping the book understandable also to readers who are not experts on the occult or the study of religion. It must be said, though, that a person familiar with at least the basics of Dee and Bruno, Yates and Eliade, will get a lot more out of it than a layman reader would.

Given that the book has been written by a person with a clear expertise on the subject, offers multiple perspectives at all times, and is very thorough, it would fit well as a university-level course book on the history of magic for fields such as the study of religion. At the same time, and for the same reasons, it will also be a highly valuable addition to the collection of many a practitioner of the occult.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Oisin on April 7, 2008
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I also agree that the title is misleading, only in that the simplicity of its tone does not match its contents. Although Lehrich acknowledges the subtitle is inspired by Crowley's famous work, that's where the similarity ends. Though I think Lehrich is a brilliant writer and thinker, I found this text fairly impenetrable. I've studied occultism as a practitioner and a scholar and have a decent amount of training and experience with writing in the fields of philosophy, structuralism and post-structuralism, and anthropology, and I felt I was only getting a small percentage of what Lehrich was trying to say.

Therefore, I think the audience for this book is limited to a highly elite group of those with extensive academic experience in the aforementioned fields. Lehrich heavily utilizes works by Derrida and Levi-Strauss, among others, and he takes on methodological debates about the work of Frances Yates, for instance. An important thing to keep in mind is that Lehrich's particular specialty is early modern magic, so he focuses on figures like Bruno, Dee, and Kircher.

The main thing with Lehrich's book is that it's a theory book about theory, specifically about the discourse surrounding occult theory. Often, he's more concerned with what people have written about occult figures and their practice than the practice itself. I think part of his project is to convince other academics to take seriously their attempts to write about occultism. But this is not for someone looking for a comprehensive occult history, or an analysis of practices.
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12 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Kolb on December 25, 2007
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this is interesting. i totally agree with the other reviewer who gave it 5 stars, and for the exact reasons, i give it 1 star. when a book has "in theory and practice" in it's title, it's implied that it is a "study to do" and not "study to understand". the book seems to be a dissertation paper. for it's certainly written in a dry, academic manner. lehrich does spend an inordinate amount of time with the literary criticism of frances yates and giordano bruno. oddly he also wrote a chapter on japanese theatre and music, which if you're not into, or don't understand, becomes very labored reading. i understand where he was going, but it could of been kept in the occult/magical realm to clarify his thoughts. The book is very dense and i feel does not clarify occult thought at all. if you want a "study to do" book, check out franz bardon's works. the occult renaissance has been written about a lot already, and in a much clearer way. check out arthur versluis' "philosophy of magic". i learned more in the first 20 pages than reading this whole book. buy this expensive book at your own choosing. it wasn't my cup of tea.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Piety Foley on February 5, 2010
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I'll confess that I am not yet finished with this book. I have started it though and it is everything I expected and more. I look forward to finishing it.
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