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University Degrees in Magick?

To: alt.magick
From: (Gnome d Plume)
Subject: Re: University Degrees in Magick?
Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2002 16:08:22 GMT

On Thu, 8 Aug 2002 13:12:06 +0100, "Alex Sumner"

>"oe"  wrote in message
>> Has anyone here ever heard of a university offering degree work in
>> magick, or ritual arts, or ontological anarchy, or anything like
>> that? I remember reading once about a fellow who was awarded
>> America's first-ever master's degree in ritual magick, but i can't
>> remember the names of the participants. I myself would be more
>> interested in info on *under*graduate degrees, but bring it on,
>> whatever ya got.

>I suspect that if you want to spend tax-payers' money indulging yourself at
>University studying magic, you will have to be a bit more circumspect than
>just looking for a course called "Magic"...
>Magic can be a subject for study within a large number of subjects which are
>taught at University level, e.g.
>History of Science
>Psychology of Religion
>This is a list I came up with when I searched on google:
>On the other hand, there is always this:

You are right that there are more academic disciplines than the
primary ones I mentioned (Anthropology, Philosophy and Psychology) in
which a magician could pursue his/her special interest in an academic
setting. To yours above we should perhaps add Comparative Religion,
Theology and Classical Studies---but I would (at least in America)
remove Sociology from the list. Why? Because this discipline in our
country (IMO) has become so "political" and so cultishly egalitarian
that a study of fringe groups espousing special knowledge (i.e.
Western Magical Orders) is liable to be skewed to the negative, or at
the least viewed from the very limited perspective of mere social
functionality. Sociologists in the U.S. are good at voodoo statistics,
not magical theory and practice.******

Good Magick!

Gnome d Plume

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