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New age to postmodern age: the cultural location of metaphysical belief

Smyth, Fiona (2001) New age to postmodern age: the cultural location of metaphysical belief. Master of Arts thesis, Dublin City University.

As a cultural trend or a religious force the nature of the New Age has been persistently unclear. This paper proposes that, as a movement, it manifests an older set of concerns and an ancient worldview, according to the particular cultural conditions of the time. The first section provides a comprehensive analysis of the New Age, outlining its origins in the Western occult metaphysical tradition, through its assimilation of aspects of Eastern philosophy and modem science, to its current status as an influential, and increasingly mainstream, cultural phenomenon. The second section assesses the relationship between the new age and science, forming an illustrative example of the proposed influence of contemporary cultural values on the characteristics and forms of the movement. The final section places it within the debate on secularisation and the status of the religious as we move from the modem to the postmodern era.
Item Type:Thesis (Master of Arts)
Date of Award:2001
Supervisor(s):Dorris, Bill
Uncontrolled Keywords:Metaphysics; Postmodernism; Occultism; New Age movement
Subjects:Social Sciences > Communication
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Communications
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:19426
Deposited On:02 Oct 2013 13:43 by Celine Campbell . Last Modified 02 Oct 2013 13:43

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