Research at HHP
The missionHHP is devoted to critical historical and empirical research in the domain of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, also referred to as Western esotericism. Our research covers the entire history of Western esotericism, from antiquity to the present. Reflecting the field’s interdisciplinary nature, our researchers work from perspectives ranging from history of science and intellectual history to religious studies and art history. As part of the University of Amsterdam, our research falls under the umbrella of the Amsterdam School of Historical Studies (ASH) at the Faculty of Humanities. As part of the Religious Studies unit HHP participates in the interdisciplinary research group on Religious Dynamics and Cultural Diversity.
FacilitiesThe presence in Amsterdam of the famous Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, situated in the Embassy of the Free Mind, and of the rich material of the Amsterdam University Library’s Special Collections (Bijzondere Collecties) provides important research facilities for our staff.
The HHP’s strong emphasis on historical research of primary sources is greatly advanced by these libraries and collections.