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Truth, Authority And Epistemological Individualism In New Age Thought

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This chapter is an analysis of understandings of truth and authority in the New Age. It provides an overview and examination of contemporary New Age epistemologies and addresses the question of whether the New Age is essentially a manifestation of modernity or postmodernity, not least because this issue raises questions of an epistemic nature. After a discussion of the relation of New Age thought to modernity and postmodernity, the chapter turns to look at some specific loci of truth. Beginning with an examination of the epistemic significance of ‘the self ’ (which includes a short comparative discussion of New Age thought and Romanticism), there are brief discussions of the epistemological importance of personal experience and the reverence for the premodern and the primal.

Keywords: modernity; New Age epistemologies; New Age thought; postmodernity; Romanticism



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