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Monthly Archives: December 2011

The resurrection of a library

December 28th, 2011

Article by Claudia Kammer – PHILOSOPHY. The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica long risked being dispersed. Now, the widely acclaimed collection of Joost Ritman is once again accessible. ‘This is an embassy of the free spirit’. The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica in Amsterdam has two bronze busts representing Cosimo de’ Medici and his grandson Lorenzo. They were fifteenth-century […]

Hermetica – Key to Universal Knowledge

December 21st, 2011

Translation of Joost R. Ritman’s response to the laudatio delivered by prof. dr. Maria A. Schenkeveld-van der Dussen, chairwoman of the Arts Department of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, on being awarded the Academy’s Silver Medal on 13 May 2002. Honourable chairman, governors, and members of the Academy, ladies and gentlemen, ‘He who knows […]

Per Aspera ad Fontes

December 19th, 2011

December 16, 2011 was an important day for the study of Hermeticism and related currents. After a year of disaster, in which the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica came close to extinction, the library re-opened its doors to the public and celebrated that event with a new exhibition, Infinite Fire. It was an honour for me to […]

Exhibition ‘Infinite Fire’

December 19th, 2011

  From the beginning of the Christian era, the Christian-Hermetic body of thought collected by the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica has played a role in the West alongside the institutionalized religions, encouraging man to explore the secrets of nature and his place within creation, thereby attaining knowledge of God and himself. As an ‘unofficial religion’, followers […]