Wouter Hanegraaff

Professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents

University of Amsterdam

Wouter J. Hanegraaff  studied classical guitar at the Municipal Conservatory at Zwolle (1982-1987) and Cultural History at the University of Utrecht (1986-1990), with a specialization in alternative religious movements in the 20th century. From 1992-1996 he was  a research assistant at the department for Study of Religions of the University of Utrecht, where he defended his dissertation "New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought". From 1996 to 2000 he held a postdoctoral fellowship from the Dutch Assocation for Scientific Research (NWO), and spent a period working in Paris. In 1999, he was appointed full professor of History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam. From 2002-2006 he was president of the Dutch Society for the Study of Religion (NGG), and since 2005 he is president of the EuropeanSociety for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE). In 2006 he was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen, KNAW).

From 2001-2010 Hanegraaff was editor (with Antoine Faivre and Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke) of Aries: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism (Brill publ.) and from 2006-2010 editor of the "Aries Book Series: Texts and Studies in Western Esotericism" (Brill publ.). He is member of the editorial board of the journals Aries (Brill), Numen (Brill), Religion Compass and Esoterica , and of the advisory board of  Journal of Contemporary Religion (Carfax) and Nova Religio (University of California Press).

His books include Western Esotericism: A Guide for the Perplexed (London: Bloomsbury, 2013), Esotericism and the Academy: Rejected Knowledge in Western Culture ​(Cambridge University Press, 2012), Swedenborg, Oetinger, Kant: Three Perspectives on the Secrets of Heaven (West Chester: Chrysalis Books, 2007), Lodovico Lazzarelli (1447-1500): The Hermetic Writings and Related Documents (with R.M.Bouthoorn) (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2005), and New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought (Leiden etc.: Brill 1996 / Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998).