Hermeticism as a Philosophy of Hope
Mervat Nasser, MD, M.Phil
2.18.12 (Webinar Recording: 1 hr 8 min, 13.5 MB)
The Hermetic philosophy represents the intellectual, philosophical and reflective tradition of ancient Egypt. It reached us through the Corpus Hermeticum, manuscripts collected in the city of Alexandria in the second and third centuries. Its enduring legacy is reflected in the work of major European figures of science, philosophy, art and literature, and in its tendency to emerge at times when humanity is faced with difficulties and uncertainties. Its appeal in our post-modern era stems from our disillusionment with the reductionist view of science and also our rejection of a religious extremism that threatens humanistic values. Hermeticism, on the other hand, preaches no religious dogma but offers instead harmony, reconciliation and transformation.
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