Universitatea „Lucian Blaga” din Sibiu; Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
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Counter-reformation and the Rosicrucian Enlightenment
The wake of the Thirty Years War is a period marked by the intellectual hope expressed by the Rosicrucian manifestos that a new era of knowledge would arise. What was to be seen as a failed Renaissance or an early Enlightenment is a period marked by the confluent ideas of alchemy, cabbala and other esoteric influences, mixing with the scientific quest for the functioning models of what is to be known. The brutal end put to this late Renaissance is related to the political and religious issues raised by the rivalry to the throne of Bohemia and the subsequent domination of the German Empire. In the aftermath of the great destruction, pure mathematical and physical science would dominate the European history, leaving behind the esoteric heritage of the Renaissance.
Keywords: Rosicrucian manifestos, esoteric philosophy, modern science, European history.
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