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This book analysis is based on the idea of a plurality of forms of knowledge that interact in critical distinction, and on the idea that the cultural systems communicate on the same fields of discourse. Stemming from natural sciencewhere it does not have the negative connotation of intervention or meddlingthe term refers to the fact that one and the same physical energy can be mediated through various lenses or prisms and becomes visible in different cultural systems. The chapter encounters polemical differentiations and disjunctive strategies, but in this case between religion and science, religion and art, or rationalism and Hermeticism. These fields serve as examples of important locations of knowledge and the formation of European identities. Historiography has sometimes served as a tool for exorcism.

Keywords: European identities; Hermeticism

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