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Author Archives: Joyce Pijnenburg

Joyce Pijnenburg

Joyce Pijnenburg

Joyce Pijnenburg offers courses and lectures in the history of Hermetic and mystical philosophy, gnosticism, magic, and alchemy.

Joyce is philosophical consultant, teacher and thesis coach for Bureau De Filosoof. She was previously employed as a PhD researcher at the Ritman Institute and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and still teaches a course on methodology and history of religions for Religious Studies at the UvA.
She is the treasurer for the Dutch department of the Society for Women in Philosophy and is an advisor for the Vrije Gemeente, Amsterdam, for which institution she also organizes a weekly meditation session on Wednesdays.

Painters & Playful Children: Notes on the Art & Alchemy Exhibition

September 11th, 2014

Frank van Lamoen already devoted an article on this blog to the Art and Alchemy exhibition in Düsseldorf, a very fine exhibition which ran this past spring and summer of 2014. I would like to add another contribution on this blog focusing on items that impressed me particularly. The first, historical, part of the exhibition covered […]

Starting soon: courses in the stuff The Ritman Library is made of

August 27th, 2014

Starting soon: courses in the stuff The Ritman Library is made of Would you like to know more about the ideas and symbols related to The Ritman Library’s collection or become familiar with their history? This is possible in weekly get-togethers starting soon in Amsterdam, Utrecht and a few other cities in the Netherlands. This […]

Does Woman Exist? Agrippa von Nettesheim and Slavoj Žižek on Women and (their) Presence

October 25th, 2012

What do Hermes, Plato, and the Kabbalah have to do with feminism? In this article I will give one of possible answers to this question. ABSTRACT Today the early modern humanist and magus Agrippa von Nettesheim (15th-16th century) is mostly known for his works Three Books on Occult Philosophy and On the Uncertainty and Vanity […]