This list originally posted on 22 November 2019 …Enjoy!
1). Newman, William R. and Anthony Grafton (Eds.) – Secrets of Nature: Astrology and Alchemy in Early Modern Europe, Cambridge: MIT Press - 2001 (HB), 2006(PB). Interesting collection of papers particularly Chapter 5: Astronomia inferior:
2). Legacies of Johannes Trithemius and John Dee, also Chapter 6: The Rosicrucian Hoax in France (1623-24).
3). Carington, Whately (W. Whately Smith) – The Death of Materialism, London: Allen and Unwin, 1933 and also his The Foundations of Spiritualism, London: Kegan Paul, and so on, 1920. (both of these available GRATIS on archive.org)
4). Battaglia, Debora (Ed.) – E. T. Culture: Anthropology in Outerspaces, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2005. – especially Chapter 2: Ufology as Anthropology: Race, Extraterrestrials, and the Occult.
5). Seidenberg, Roderick – Post-historic Man: An Inquiry, Boston: Beacon Press, 1957.
A counter (of sorts) to Toynbee who, if one reads the end of Toynbee’s Habit and Change, is at base a Globalist. Someone asked Dr. Farrell in a vid-chat some while back why there were no more “grand historians” this read may provide an answer (or two). Neither here nor there … but Toynbee is a favorite of Richard Dolan.
6). De Giustino, David – Conquest of Mind: Phrenology and Victorian Social Thought, London / New Jersey: Croom Helm/Rowan and Littlefield,. 1975. A nice volume on the history of the science of mind. Could one construe modern MRI and fNIR studies as a kind of modern phrenology? … Just a question to consider …
7). Strauss, Leo – Persecution and the Art of Writing, Glencoe, Free Press, 1952. If you have an interest in Maimonides or Spinoza there are readings here for you. I include this collection of Strauss here though for the piece entitled (same as the book) Persecution and the Art of Writing. Dr. Farrell has on more than one occasion recommended Philosophy Between the Lines (Melzer, Arthur) … this piece by Strauss deals with a similar subject.
8). Richard, Steven J. – Plurality of Worlds: The Origins of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate from Democritus to Kant, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982. An account of exactly what its title says.
9). Ransom, John Crowe - Why Critics Don’t Go Mad in The Kenyon Review, Vol. 14, No. 2, The Dante Number (Spring, 1952), pp. 331-339.
Theologism, Poetry, and Metaphor need one say more to entice? …
10). Black, Max - The Limitations of a Behavioristic Semiotic, The Philosophical Review, Vol. 56, No. 3 (May, 1947), pp. 258-272. … connected to the Affektenlehre? … I think very possibly …
11). Appleman, Philip, William A. Madden, and Michael Wolff (Eds.) 1859: Entering an Age of Crisis, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1959. Understanding a little something about Victorian English Culture may give us a little different understanding of our own culture.