The Secular Religion of Franklin Merrell-Wolff

An Intellectual History of Anti-Intellecutualism in Modern America

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Dave Vliegenthart
Numen Book Series
  • New York, NY: 
    , February
     378 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


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In The Secular Religion of Franklin Merrell-Wolff: An Intellectual History of Anti-intellectualism in Modern America, Dave Vliegenthart offers an account of the life and teachings of the modern American mystic Franklin Merrell-Wolff (1887–1985), who combined secular and religious sources from eastern and western traditions in order to elaborate and legitimate his metaphysical claim to the realization of a transcendental reality beyond reason.

Using Merrell-Wolff as a typical example of a modern western guru, Vliegenthart investigates the larger sociological and historical context of the ongoing grand narrative that asserts a widespread anti-intellectualism in modern American culture, exploring developments in religious, philosophical, and psychological discourses in North America from 1800 until the present.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Dave Vliegenthart is a lecturer in the Liberal Arts and Sciences at Maastricht University, specializing in the study of eastern-inspired western gurus and new religious movements in modern western culture.


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