American Metaphysics in the 1800swithRonnie Pontiac

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Ronnie Pontiac was the personal research assistance for Manly P. Hall at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles. He is author of American Metaphysical Religion: Esoteric and Mystical Traditions of the New World.

Here he explains why 19th Century America was a fountain of innovative metaphysical traditions, many of lasting influence.

00:00:00 Introduction

00:01:46 The Civil War

00:14:32 Transcendentalists

00:16:37 William James

00:25:24 Victoria Woodhull

00:33:19 Religious amalgamation

00:42:57 Platonism

00:54:22 Madame Blavatsky

01:05:47 Spiritual communes

01:09:34 Conclusion

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(Recorded on June 13, 2023)

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Published on August 25, 2023


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