Every year since 1933 many of the world's leading intellectuals have met on Lake Maggiore to discuss the latest developments in philosophy, history, art and science and, in particular, to explore the mystical and symbolic in religion. The Eranos Meetings - named after the Greek word for a banquet where the guests bring the food - constitute one of the most important gatherings of scholars in the twentieth century. The book presents a set of portraits of some of the century's most influential thinkers, all participants at Eranos: Carl Jung, Erich Neumann, Mircea Eliade, Martin Buber, Walter Otto, Paul Tillich, Gershom Scholem, Herbert Read, Joseph Campbell, Erwin Schrodinger, Karl Kereyni, D.T. Suzuki, and Adolph Portmann. The volume presents a critical appraisal of the views of these men, how the exchange of ideas encouraged by Eranos influenced each, and examines the attraction of these esotericists towards authoritarian politics.
Hans Thomas Hakl is co-editor of Gnostika and foreign correspondent of Politica Hermetica
Foreword Introduction: How this Book Emerged 1. The Significance Of Eranos 2. An Esoteric Prelude To Eranos 3. Yearning for the East: Monte Verita and the School of Wisdom 4. Toward Eranos 5. The First Eranos Meeting: An Idea Comes to Life 6. Eranos and National Socialism 7. The Years 1934-1937 8. Eranos 1938: The United States Shows Interest 9. The War Years 10. New Prospects after The World Conflict 11. The Heyday Begins 12. The Early 1950s 13. Polytheism Versus Monotheism 14. An End, Some New Beginnings And Repeated Turbulence 15. Delicate Questions and Attempts to Answer Them 16. Eranos as a Prototype 17. The End of a Cycle ... or Perhaps Not? Index