Dr. Peter J. Forshaw
Peter J. Forshaw is Associate Professor in History of Western Esotericism in the Early Modern Period.
Peter graduated in Sanskrit, Tibetan and Indian Philosophy at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (1986), then worked in France, India, Thailand, and Japan, before returning to the UK to take an MA in Renaissance Studies (1998), followed by a PhD in Early Modern Intellectual History (2004) at Birkbeck, University of London. His doctorate was on the complex hieroglyphic and theosophical figures and the interplay of alchemy, magic and cabala in the Amphitheatrum sapientiae aeternae – Amphitheatre of Eternal Wisdom
(1595/1609) of Heinrich Khunrath of Leipzig (1560-1605). This was followed by postdoctoral fellowships researching the history of ritual magic, alchemy, and astrology at the universities of London, Strathclyde and Cambridge. Peter has been at HHP since 2009 and specialises in the intellectual and cultural history of learned magic and its relation to religion, science and medicine. He is editor-in-chief of Aries: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism
, editor of The Word and the World: Biblical Exegesis and Early Modern Science
(2007) and Laus Platonici Philosophi: Marsilio Ficino and his Influence
(2011) and is preparing a monograph, The Mage’s Images: Occult Theosophy in Heinrich Khunrath’s Early Modern Oratory and Laboratory
, for Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History. He serves on the academic councils of SHAC (Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry) and ESSWE (European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism).