Studies on Traditional Freemasonry
(Product Code: 9780853184461)
by Fabio Venzi
Even today, nearly 300 years after its foundation in the modern era, there are three crucial questions about Freemasonry:
What is the historical origin?
What kind of institution is it?
What are its aims?
Fabio Venzi aims to answer these questions with careful and rigorous analysis of historical documents and Masonic evidence. From the point of view of the origins, he examines many documents, particularly those of British origin, and from these it appears that the foundation of modern Speculative Masonry was drawn from multiple sources, the most fundamental of which was Neo-Platonism with all its philosophical currents.
Freemasonry, however, in itself stands as a continuation of the esoteric initiatory Tradition of the West. In this sense, then, the author says that Freemasonry is a Traditional association, whose nature is esoteric initiation.
The book contains analysis of the symbols and rituals that follow various esoteric currents, including, in particular, Hermeticism, Kabbalah, Alchemy and the Rosicrucians; symbolic allusions and also refers to the Mysteries of Ancient Greece.
The main aims and founding of Freemasonry, then, are those specific to each esoteric initiatory association which aims for the improvement of knowledge, both ethical and metaphysical.
This ground breaking work by Fabio Venzi, is invaluable for its wealth of historical and analytical content; it allows the reader to understand what modern Masonry truly is and what its goals are in the current era.
Fabio Venzi, a distinguished writer and essayist, was born in Rome in 1961.
He graduated in Sociology at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" disserting about relationships between Italian Masonry and Fascism.
He is the founder and editor of the philosophical Masonic journals De Hominis Dignitate and Quattuor Coronatorum, and from 1998 to 2001 worked as historical consultant for a series of studies on Southern Italy for Edizioni d'Arte in Rome.
He has written widely on the subject of Freemasonry and has spoken at numerous historical-philosophical and Masonic conventions in Italy and all around the world.His previous books include: Introduction to Freemasonry (Atanòr, 2012), Julius Evola and Freemasonry: An inconvenient truth (Settimo Sigillo, 2010), The Influence of Neoplatonic Thought on Freemasonry (Book Guild Publishing, 2007) and Freemasonry and Fascism (Castelvecchi Editore, 2008)
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