List of Publications

Arguing with Angels (SUNY Press, 2012)

Arguing with Angels (SUNY Press, 2012)

Problem of Disenchantment (Brill, 2014)




Contemporary Esotericism (Equinox, 2013)

Contemporary Esotericism (Equinox, 2013)



Egil Asprem (2014). The Problem of Disenchantment: Scientific Naturalism and Esoteric Discourse, 1900-1939. Numen Book Series. Leiden: Brill.

Egil Asprem (2012). Arguing with Angels: Enochian Magic and Modern Occulture. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.


Edited Volumes

Egil Asprem & Kennet Granholm, eds. (2013). Contemporary Esotericism. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing Ltd. [front matter] [bibliography]


Journal Articles

Asprem, E. (2017). “Explaining the Esoteric Imagination: Towards a Theory of Kataphatic Practice.” Aries 17:1, 17-50.

Asprem, E. and M. A. Davidsen. (2017). “Editor’s Introduction: What Cognitive Science Offers the Study of Esotericism.” Aries 17:1, 1-15.

Taves, A. and E. Asprem. (2017). “Experience as Event: Event Cognition and the Study of (Religious) Experience.” Religion, Brain, & Behavior 7:1, 43-62.

Asprem, E. (2016). “How Schrödinger’s Cat Became a Zombie: On the Epidemiology of Science-Based Representations in Popular and Religious Contexts.” Method & Theory in the Study of Religion 28:2, 113-140.

Asprem, E. (2016). “Reverse-Engineering ‘Esotericism’: How to Prepare a Complex Cultural Concept for the Cognitive Science of Religion.” Religion 46:2, 158-185. DOI: 10.1080/0048721X.2015.1072589.

Asprem, E. (2015). “The Disenchantment of Problems: Musings on a Cognitive Turn in Intellectual History.Journal of Religion in Europe 8:3-4, 305-320. [Response to review symposium on The Problem of Disenchantment.]

Asprem, E. and A. Dyrendal. (2015). “Conspirituality Reconsidered: How Surprising and How New Is the Confluence of Spirituality and Conspiracy Theory?” Journal of Contemporary Religion 30:3, 367-382.

Fleming, S.J., E. Asprem, and A. Taves. (2015). Refiner’s Fire and the Yates Thesis: Hermeticism, Esotericism, and the History of Christianity.” Journal of Mormon History 41:4, 209-220.

Asprem, E. (2015). “Dis/Unity of Knowledge: Models for the Study of Modern Esotericism and Science”. Numen 62:5-6.

Asprem, E. (2014).  “Die blinden Flecken der Entzauberung der Welt: Naturwissenschaft, Parapsychologie, und „natürliche Theologie“ im frühen 20. Jahrhundert.” Zeitschrift für Anomalistik 14, 141-158.

Asprem, E. (2014). “Beyond the West: Towards a New Comparativism in the Study of Esotericism”. Correspondences: Online Journal for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism 2:1 , 3-33.

Asprem, E. & Asbjørn Dyrendal. (2013). “Sorte brorskap, mørke korrespondanser og frelsende avsløringer. Konspirasjonsteori som esoterisk diskurs”. Din: Tidsskrift for religion og kultur 1 (2013).

Asprem, E. (2011). “The Birth of Counterjihadist Terrorism: Reflections on some Unspoken Dimensions of 22 July 2011.” Editorial feature, Pomegranate, 13:1, 17-32.

Asprem, E. (2011). “Pondering Imponderables: Occultism in the mirror of late classical physics.” Aries 11.2: 129-165.

Asprem, E. (2010). “A Nice Arrangement of Heterodoxies: William McDougall and the Professionalization of Psychical Research.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 46:2, 123-143.

Asprem, E. (2009). “På epleslang i kunnskapens tre: En kritisk drøfting av teori i nyere esoterismeforskning.” Din: Tidsskrift for religion og kultur, Vol. 2-3, 5-27.

Asprem, E. (2008). “Magic Naturalized? Negotiating Science and Occult Experience in Crowley’s ’Scientific Illuminism.” Aries 8:2, 139-165.

Asprem, E. (2008). “False, Lying Spirits and Angels of Light: Ambiguous Mediation in Dr Rudd’s Treatise on Angel Magic.” Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, 3:1, 54-80.

Asprem, E. (2008). “Heathens up North: Politics, Polemics, and Contemporary Paganism in Norway.” The Pomegranate 10.1: 42-69.

Asprem, E. (2007; published summer 2008). “Én vilje, hinsides godt og ondt: Etikk og livssyn for det Nye Aeon.” Din: Tidsskrift for religion og kultur 4, 23-42.

Asprem, E. (2007). “Kabbalah Recreata: Reception and Adaptation of Kabbalah in Modern Occultism.” The Pomegranate International Journal for Pagan Studies 9:2, 132-153.

Asprem, E. (2006). “Thelema og ritualmagi – med magi som livsholdning i moderne vestlig esoterisme.” Chaos 46, 113-137.


Selected Book Chapters

Asprem, E., and A. Taves. (Forthcoming, 2018). “To Our Critics.” In Brad Stoddard, ed., Method Today: Beyond Description and Hermeneutics in Religious Studies Scholarship. London: Equinox. [Response to invited commentaries on "Explanation and the Study of Religion"].

Asprem, E., and A. Taves. (Forthcoming, 2018). “Explanation and the Study of Religion.” In Brad Stoddard, ed., Method Today: Beyond Description and Hermeneutics in Religious Studies Scholarship. London: Equinox.

Taves, A. and E. Asprem. (Forthcoming, 2018). “Scientific Worldview Studies: A Programmatic Proposal.” In A. K. Petersen, I. S. Gilhus, L. H. Martin, J. S. Jensen, & J. Sørensen (eds.), A New Synthesis: Cognition, Evolution, and History in the Study of Religion. Leiden: Brill.

Asprem, E. (2017). “‘Logaeth q consibra a caosg’: The Development of Modern Enochian Angel Magic.” In: Edward Bever and Randall Styers (eds.), Magic in the Modern World: Strategies of Repression and Legitimization. University of Pensylvania Press.

Asprem, E. (2016). “The Golden Dawn and the O.T.O.” In: The Cambridge Handbook of Mysticism and Western Esotericism. Edited by Glen Magee. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Asprem, E. (2015). “The Society for Psychical Research”. In: The Occult World, pp. 266-274. Edited by Christopher Partridge. Routledge.

Asprem, E. (2015). “Science and the Occult”. In: The Occult World, pp. 710-719. Edited by Christopher Partridge. Routledge.

Asprem, E. (2015). “Contemporary Ritual Magic”. In: The Occult World, pp. 382-395. Edited by Christopher Partridge. Routledge.

Asprem, E. (2015). “Intermediary Beings”. In: The Occult World, pp. 646-658. Edited by Christopher Partridge. Routledge.

Asprem, E. & Kennet Granholm (2013). “Introduction”. In: Contemporary Esotericism, 1-24. Edited by Egil Asprem & Kennet Granholm. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing Ltd.

Asprem, E. & Kennet Granholm (2013). “Constructing Esotericisms: Sociological, Historical, and Critical Approaches to the Invention of Tradition.” In: Contemporary Esotericism, 25-48. Edited by Egil Asprem & Kennet Granholm. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing Ltd.

Asprem, E. (2013). “Psychic Enchantments of the Educated Classes: The Paranormal and the Ambiguities of Disenchantment.” In: Contemporary Esotericism, 330-350. Edited by Egil Asprem & Kennet Granholm. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing Ltd.

Asprem, E. (2013). “Theosophical Attitudes towards Science: Past and Present.” In: Handbook of the Theosophical Current, 405-428. Edited by Olav Hammer and Mikael Rothstein. Leiden: Brill.

Asprem, E. (2010). “Parapsychology: Naturalising the Supernatural, Re-Enchanting Science.” In: Handbook of Religion and the Authority of Science,633-670. Edited by Olav Hammer and James R. Lewis. Leiden: Brill.


Selected Reviews:

Asprem, E. (2015). Review of: Henrik Bogdan and Gordan Djurdjevic (eds.), Occultism in a Global Perspective, Durham, Acumen Publishing Ltd., 2013. In: Numen 62.2-3: 365-368.

Asprem, E. (2014). Review of: Arthur Versluis, Lee Irwin, Melinda Phillips (eds.), Esotericism, Religion, and Politics, Minneapolis, MI: New Cultures Press 2012. In: Aries 14.2: 247-252.

Asprem, E. (2014). Review of: Michael Stausberg (ed.), Religionswissenschaft, Berlin & Boston, Walter De Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG, 2012. In: Din – Tidsskrift for Religion og Kultur 1 (2014).

Asprem, E. (2015). “Patterns of Magicity: A Review of Defining Magic.” Correspondences 3: 127.138. [Review article on Michael Stausberg and Bernd-Christian Otto (eds.), Defining Magic: A Reader, Acumen, 2013. First published in three parts on, 2014].

Asprem, E. (2012). Review of: Heather Wolffram, The Stepchildren of Science: Psychical Research and Parapsychology in Germany, c. 1870-1939 (Wellcome Series in the History of Medicine; Amsterdam, NY: Editions Rodopi 2009). In: Aries 12.2, 281-302.

Asprem, E. (2011). Review of: Tore Ahlbäck and Björn Dahla (eds.), Western Esotericism. Based on Papers Read at the Symposium on Western Esotericism, Held at Åbo, Finland, on 15-17 August 2007. Åbo: Donner Institute, 2008. In: Aries 11.2.

 Asprem, E. (2011). Review of: Mark S. Morrisson, Modern Alchemy: Occultism and the Emergence of Atomic Theory, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2007. In: Aries 11.1.

Asprem, E. (2010). Review of: Dave Evans, The History of British Magic After Crowley: Kenneth Grant, Amado Crowley, Chaos Magic, Satanism, Lovecraft, The Left Hand Path, Blasphemy and Magical Morality, n.p.: Hidden Publishing 2007. In: Aries 10.2: 267-271.