The Crisis of the Modern World

Author: René Guénon

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 9780900588501

Category: Social Science

Page: 120

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It is no longer news that the Western world is in a crisis, a crisis that has spread far beyond its point of origin and become global in nature. In 1927, Rene Guenon responded to this crisis with the closest thing he ever wrote to a manifesto and 'call-to-action'. The Crisis of the Modern World was his most direct and complete application of traditional metaphysical principles-particularly that of the 'age of darkness' preceding the end of the present world-to social criticism, surpassed only by The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times, his magnum opus. In the present work Guenon ruthlessly exposes the 'Western deviation': its loss of tradition, its exaltation of action over knowledge, its rampant individualism and general social chaos. His response to these conditions was not 'activist', however, but purely intellectual, envisioning the coming together of Western intellectual leaders capable under favorable circumstances of returning the West to its traditional roots, most likely via the Catholic Church, or, under less favorable ones, of at least preserving the 'seeds' of Tradition for the time to come.

The Essential Ren‚ Gu‚non

Metaphysics, Tradition, and the Crisis of Modernity

Author: René Guénon,John Herlihy

Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc

ISBN: 1933316578

Category: Philosophy

Page: 293

View: 2931

A prolific writer and author of over 24 books, Rene Guenon was the founder of the Perennialist/Traditionalist school of comparative religious thought. Known for his discourses on the intellectual and spiritual bankruptcy of the modern world, symbolism, tradition, and the inner or spiritual dimension of religion, this book is a compilation of his most important writings. A key component of his thought was the assertion that universal truths manifest themselves in various forms in the world's religions and his writings on Hinduism, Taoism, and Sufism are particularly illuminating in this regard.

The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times

Author: Rene Guenon,René Guénon

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 9780900588686

Category: Religion

Page: 284

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The Reign of Quantity gives a concise but comprehensive view of the present state of affairs in the world, as it appears from the point of view of the 'ancient wisdom', formerly common both to the East and to the West, but now almost entirely lost sight of. The author indicates with his fabled clarity and directness the precise nature of the modern deviation, and devotes special attention to the development of modern philosophy and science, and to the part played by them, with their accompanying notions of progress and evolution, in the formation of the industrial and democratic society which we now regard as 'normal'. Guinon sees history as a descent from Form (or Quality) toward Matter (or Quantity); but after the Reign of Quantity-modern materialism and the 'rise of the masses'-Guinon predicts a reign of 'inverted quality' just before the end of the age: the triumph of the 'counter-initiation', the kingdom of Antichrist. This text is considered the magnum opus among Guinon's texts of civilizational criticism, as is Symbols of Sacred Science among his studies on symbols and cosmology, and Man and His Becoming according to the Vedanta among his more purely metaphysical works.

The Symbolism of the Cross

Author: René Guénon

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 9780900588662

Category: Religion

Page: 149

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The Symbolism of the Cross is a major doctrinal study of the central symbol of Christianity from the standpoint of the universal metaphysical tradition, the 'perennial philosophy' as it is called in the West. As Guenon points out, the cross is one of the most universal of all symbols and is far from belonging to Christianity alone. Indeed, Christians have sometimes tended to lose sight of its symbolical significance and to regard it as no more than the sign of a historical event. By restoring to the cross its full spiritual value as a symbol, but without in any way detracting from its historical importance for Christianity, Guenon has performed a task of inestimable importance which perhaps only he, with his unrivalled knowledge of the symbolic languages of both East and West, was qualified to perform. Although The Symbolism of the Cross is one of Guenon's core texts on traditional metaphysics, written in precise, nearly 'geometrical' language, vivid symbols are necessarily pressed into service as reference points-how else could the mind ascend the ladder of analogy to pure intellection? Guenon applies these doctrines more concretely elsewhere in critiquing modernity in such works as The Crisis of the Modern World and The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times, and invokes them also to help explain the nature of initiation and of initiatic organizations in such works as Perspectives on Initiation and Initiation and Spiritual Realization.

The Simple Life of Rene Guenon

Author: Paul Chacornac

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 9781597310550

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

View: 5059

Rene Guenon (1886-1951) is undoubtedly one of the luminaries of the twentieth century, whose critique of the modern world has stood fast against the shifting sands of recent philosophies. His oeuvre of 26 volumes is providential for the modern seeker: pointing ceaselessly to the perennial wisdom found in past cultures ranging from the Shamanistic to the Indian and Chinese, the Hellenic and Judaic, the Christian and Islamic, and including also Alchemy, Hermeticism, and other esoteric currents, at the same time it directs the reader to the deepest level of religious praxis, emphasizing the need for affiliation with a revealed tradition even while acknowledging the final identity of all spiritual paths as they approach the summit of spiritual realization. The present volume, first published in 1958 by Guenon's friend and collaborator Paul Chacornac, whose bookstore, journal (first called Le Voile d'Isis, later changed to Etudes Traditionnelles), and publishing venture-Editions Traditionnelles-were so instrumental in furthering Guenon's work, was the first full-length biography of this extraordinary man to appear, and has served as the foundation for the many later biographies that have appeared in French, as well as the lone biography in English, Rene Guenon and the Future of the West, by Robin Waterfield. Its translation and publication in conjunction with The Collected Works of Rene Guenon represents an important step in the effort to bring Guenon's oeuvre before a wider public.

Der Spiritismus

Author: Eduard von Hartmann

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9925090350

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 124

View: 9598

Nachdruck des Originals von 1885.

Spiritual Authority and Temporal Power

Author: René Guénon,S. D. Fohr

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 9780900588471

Category: Religion

Page: 87

View: 1776

Spiritual Authority and Temporal Power is an analysis of cyclical manifestation, and more specifically of the relationship between royal and sacerdotal power. In accord with the Hindu doctrine of manvantaras and Plato's depiction of historical degeneration in the Republic, Gunon views history here as a series of 'revolts' of lower castes against the higher. The kshatriyas (warriors) revolt against the brahmins (priests), thus setting the stage for a revolt of the vaishyas (loosely, the bourgeoisie), as in the French revolution-and, finally, the shudras (the proletariat), as in the Russian revolution (which Gunon does not touch upon in this work). From one point of view, this is a progressive degeneration; from another it is entirely lawful, given the 'entropic' nature of manifestation itself. External, historical descent reflects an inner degeneration: knowledge (the celestial paradise) is eclipsed by heroic action (the terrestrial paradise), which is in turn overrun by the inertia and agitation of the passions. Yet the nadir of degeneration is also the point of renewal: the dawning of the Heavenly Jerusalem-spiritual Knowledge-which begins a new cycle of manifestation.

Insights Into Christian Esoterism

Author: Rene Guenon

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 9780900588396

Category: Religion

Page: 136

View: 5255

One of Ren Gunon's lifelong quests was to discover, or revive, the esoteric, initiatory dimension of the Christian tradition. In the present volume, along with its companion volume The Esoterism of Dante, Gunon undertakes to establish that the three parts of The Divine Comedy represent the stages of initiatic realization, exploring the parallels between the symbolism of the Commedia and that of Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and Christian Hermeticism, and illustrating Dante's knowledge of traditional sciences unknown to the moderns: the sciences of numbers, of cosmic cycles, and of sacred astrology. In these works Gunon also touches on the all-important question of medieval esoterism and discusses the role of sacred languages and the principle of initiation in the Christian tradition, as well as such esoteric Christian themes and organizations as the Holy Grail, the Guardians of the Holy Land, the Sacred Heart, the Fedeli d'Amore and the 'Courts of Love', and the Secret Language of Dante. One chapter in the present volume, 'Christianity and Initiation', is of special interest with regard to the history of the Traditionalist School. When first published as an article, it gave rise to some controversy because Gunon here reaffirmed his denial of the efficacy of the Christian sacraments as rites of initiation, a point of divergence between the teachings of Gunon and those of other key perennialist thinkers. Both The Esoterism of Dante and Insights into Christian Esoterism will be of inestimable value to all who are struggling to come to terms with the fullness of the Christian tradition.

Phenomenology and The Social Science: A Dialogue

a dialogue

Author: Joseph Bien

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400996934

Category: Philosophy

Page: 108

View: 9869

The five essays in this work attempt in interpretive and original ways to further the common field of investigation of man in the life-world. Richard Zaner in his examination of the multi-level approach of the social sciences to the social order points us toward essences and the manner in which they are epistemically understood. By contrasting the work of the later Durkheim with that of Husserl, Edward Tiryakian is able to suggest a commonality of endeavor between them. Paul Ricoeur, after phenomenologically distinguishing three concepts of ideology, examines the supposed conflict between science and ideology and its resolution through a hermeneutics of historical understanding. Maurice N at anson in his discussion of the problem of anonymity reflects on both the sociological givenness of the world and its phenomenological reconstruction, showing the necessary interrelationship of both prior ities. Fred Dallmayr, after a presentation of the state of validation in the social sciences and their problems in attempting to ground them selves either in regard to logical positivism or phenomenology, refers us to the perspective of Merleau-Ponty concerning the relationship of cognition and experience.

Logik und Transzendenz

Author: Frithjof Schuon

Publisher: tredition

ISBN: 3849544516

Category: Religion

Page: 408

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"Den Menschen umgibt die schwindelerregende Vielzahl der Erscheinungen; das vollkommene Erkenntnisvermögen besteht darin, die Einheitlichkeit und die Äußerlichkeit dieser Erscheinungen in Bezug auf eine alles übersteigende Einheit und eine geeinte Innerlichkeit wahrzunehmen." Frithjof Schuon zeigt in diesem Werk, dass das "Denken des Herzens" den Horizont des menschlichen Erkenntnisvermögens erweitern kann - einerseits den des Rationalismus und Irrationalismus der Neuzeit, andererseits den einer theologischen Argumentationsweise, die aus Sorge um das volle Mysterium des Glaubens dem menschlichen Denken grundsätzlich misstraut. Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) wird in weiten Teilen der Welt als einer der bedeutendsten religionsphilosophischen Schriftsteller des 20. Jahrhunderts angesehen. Er gilt als führender Vertreter jener Denkrichtung, die Sophia perennis ("immerwährende Weisheit") genannt wird, und welche die zeitlosen und überall gültigen Grundsätze enthält, die den verschiedenen Lehren, den Sinnbildern, der heiligen Kunst und den geistigen Übungen der Weltreligionen zugrunde liegen. "Logik und Transzendenz werden allzu oft als Gegensätze angesehen, wobei man die Logik dem Rationalismus zuordnet, die Transzendenz der Mystik. In diesem Buch, das zu seinen philosophisch strengsten gehört, beweist Schuon, dass das religiöse Leben nicht unlogisch sein muss. Im Gegenteil muss das klare Denken zunächst die Infralogik falscher Philosophien durchschauen, bevor es sich angesichts des Überrationalen auflöst." (James S. Cutsinger, Professor an University of South Carolina, Autor von Advice to the Serious Seeker: Meditations on the Teaching of Frithjof Schuon) "Dieses Werk ist eine regelrechte Hymne des Intellekts auf den Intellekt. Es durchschaut auf unnachahmliche Weise das Labyrinth des philosophischen Denkens der Moderne und bietet Lösungen für unlösbar erscheinende Probleme. Schuon zeigt, dass diese in den meisten Fällen das Ergebnis von falsch gestellten Fragen sind. Er beseitigt die Unklarheit des modernen Rationalismus und Irrationalismus wie die Morgensonne, die durch ihr bloßes Erscheinen den Nebel auflöst. Dieses Buch gehört zu Schuons größten Meisterwerken und ist eins der wichtigsten philosophischen Werke des 20. Jahrhunderts - wenn man unter Philosophie dem Wortsinn gemäß ›Liebe der Weisheit‹ versteht." (Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor an der George Washington University, Autor von Die Erkenntnis und das Heilige)

Face to Face with Sri Ramana Maharshi

Enchanting and Uplifting Reminiscences of 160 Persons

Author: Laxmi Narain

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788190353809

Category: Religion

Page: 401

View: 4236

Ramana Maharshi, 1879-1950, Hindu philosopher and saint from Tamil Nadu, India.

The Betrayal of Tradition

Essays on the Spiritual Crisis of Modernity

Author: Harry Oldmeadow

Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc

ISBN: 9780941532556

Category: Religion

Page: 386

View: 9922

This collection of essays by eminent traditionalists and contemporary thinkers throws into sharp relief many of the urgent problems of today.

Das Mysterium des Grals

Author: Julius Evola

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3937592202

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

View: 2666

Im Gralsmythos liegt nach Evola ein "initiatisches Mysterium" verborgen. Das Mysterium des Grals in seiner Gänze begreifbar zu machen und die darin verborgenen Inhalte als das offenzulegen, was sie wirklich sind, dafür schrieb Julius Evola sein Gralsbuch. Dabei hat er durchaus Praktisches im Sinn, denn "um bloße Phantasien in einem rein ästheisch-dichterischen Sinne dürfte es sich beim Gralsmythos nicht handeln". Das Vorwort stammt vom wohl am meisten geschätzten Evola-Kenner im deutschen Sprachraum Dr. Hans Thomas Hakl und geht auf die aktuelle Situation der Gralslegende und deren Auswirkungen ebenso ein wie auf Evola selbst.

Die Existenz der Welt

Eine Einführung in die Ontologie

Author: Reinhardt Grossmann

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110330377

Category: Philosophy

Page: 187

View: 1991

Diese Einführung in die Ontologie zeigt die Geschichte der abendländischen Philosophie als einen dauernden Kampf zwischen den Riesen und Göttern von Platons Sophistes. Auf der einen Seite gibt es die Philosophen, die die Auffassung vertreten, daß nur das physikalische Universum existiert und auf der anderen Seite gibt es solche Philosophen, die darauf bestehen, daß es eine weit 'größere' Welt gibt, die auch zeitlose und nicht-räumliche Dinge, wie z.B. Egenschaften enthält. Der Autor diskutiert detailliert diese wichtige metaphysische Debatte, die dem Kampf zugrunde liegt, nämlich die Auseinandersetzung zwischen Naturalisten und Ontologen. Das Buch beginnt mit einer Untersuchung der Geschichte der Auseinandersetzung zwischen Nominalisten und Realisten über das Problem der Universalien. Danach erkundet der Autor die Natur und Existenz der Kategorien wie Relationen, Strukturen, Zahlen und Tatsachen. Im letzten Teil argumentiert er dafür, daß Existenz und Negation keine Kategorien sind, sondern eher Merkmale der Welt. Die Einführung in die Ontologie dient zugleich als Einführung in die Philosophie insgesamt und zeichnet sich durch Klarheit, gute Verständlichkeit und einen lebendigen Stil aus.

Die Vierte Politische Theorie

Author: Alexander Dugin

Publisher: Arktos

ISBN: 1907166629

Category: Political Science

Page: 238

View: 4313

Alle politischen Systeme der Moderne sind die Ergebnisse dreier unterschiedlicher Ideologien: Die erste und älteste ist die liberale Demokratie, die zweite ist der Marxismus und die dritte ist der Faschismus. Die zwei letzteren sind längst gescheitert und aus der Geschichte ausgeschieden; die erstere fungiert nicht mehr als Ideologie, sondern als etwas Selbstverständliches. Die Welt befindet sich heute am Rand einer postpolitischen Realität, in der die Werte des Liberalismus so tief eingewurzelt sind, daß sich der Durchschnittsmensch der Wirkung einer Ideologie in seiner Umwelt gar nicht bewußt ist. So droht der Liberalismus den politischen Diskurs zu monopolisieren, die Welt mit einer universalistischen Gleichheit zu überschwemmen und alles zu vernichten, was die verschiedenen Kulturen und Völker einzigartig macht. Laut Alexander Dugin bedarf es, um diesem Schicksal zu entgehen, einer vierten Ideologie, welche in den Scherben der ersten drei nach etwaigen brauchbaren Elementen sucht, doch selbst innovativ und einzigartig bleibt. Dugin bietet für diese neue Theorie nicht Punkt für Punkt ein Programm, sondern zeichnet in Umrissen den Rahmen, in dem sie sich entwickeln könnte und die Thematik, die sie behandeln muß. Die Vierte Politische Theorie soll die Mittel und Begriffe der Moderne gegen sie anwenden, um gegenüber der Kommerzialisierung eine Rückkehr der kulturellen Vielfalt, der traditionellen Weltanschauungen aller Völker der Welt zu zeitigen - und das in einem völlig neuen Kontext. Geschrieben von einem Wissenschaftler, der die Ausrichtung heutiger russischer Geopolitik aktiv beinflußt, ist Die Vierte Politische Theorie eine Einführung in eine Idee, die die politische Zukunft der Welt verändern könnte.