Banishing the World: Conner Habib on Postmodern Philosophy and the Occult

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Editor’s Note: I spoke with Conner Habib about his new course, “Banishing the World: Postmodern Philosophy and the Occult,” and learned about the surprising ways in which the most interesting and sophisticated philosophies coming out of humanities converge precisely with occult ideas. Conner’s course is happening this Sunday, October 30th at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST. You can register here.

So in a word: what is the occult?

I’ll give you the best but totally incomplete definition I can: The occult is a web of traditions that recognizes the values and qualities of Everything. You might think, “hey, that’s not the cauldrons and tarot definition I was looking for!” But that’s it–the occult takes seriously the unlit underrepresented, ridiculed, and ignored aspects of life–that could be superstition, it could be dreams, it could be a folktale–and works to fold them all into a view of reality.

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