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ISBN:  0-941532-92-5
Book Size:  6" x 9"
# of Pages:  560
Language:  English



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Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) was widely acknowledged as the foremost 20th century exponent of the Perennial Philosophy . These selections, chosen under his supervision, were approved by him during his lifetime and confirmed as a representative volume of his magisterial writings. Covering a enormous range of topics on the nature of religion, esotericism and mysticism, love and knowledge of God, theology and philosophy, Schuon’s unique approach to comparative religion, metaphysics, aesthetics, prayer, the spiritual path and criticism of the modern world, this volume opens the way to understanding one of the most influential philosophers and spiritual leaders of our time.

There is no better point of entry for the reader seeking to understand the vast intellectual and spiritual world of Frithjof Schuon and the Perennial Philosophy.

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Detailed Description of The Essential Frithjof Schuon

Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) was widely acknowledged as the foremost 20th century exponent of the Perennial Philosophy . These selections, chosen under his supervision, were approved by him during his lifetime and confirmed as a representative volume of his magisterial writings. Covering a enormous range of topics on the nature of religion, esotericism and mysticism, love and knowledge of God, theology and philosophy, Schuon’s unique approach to comparative religion, metaphysics, aesthetics, prayer, the spiritual path and criticism of the modern world, this volume opens the way to understanding one of the most influential philosophers and spiritual leaders of our time.

There is no better point of entry for the reader seeking to understand the vast intellectual and spiritual world of Frithjof Schuon and the Perennial Philosophy.

The special nature of the message of Frithjof Schuon is revealed with radiant clarity in the selections chosen for this volume. These essays were approved by Schuon in his lifetime and confirmed by him as a definitive collection of his essential writings.

Frithjof Schuon had a unique ability to penetrate to the heart of the world’s great spiritual traditions, revealing new dimensions that astounded general readers and scholars alike. Schuon's insights on religion, prayer, the spiritual life, aesthetics, philosophy, theology, traditional civilization, and the errors of modernism shine throughout this book. There is nowhere a better point of entry into the perspective of this towering figure of philosophy and comparative religion than this volume. The introduction by Seyyed Hossein Nasr will be of great assistance to the reader wishing to better understand the thought of the man about whom Huston Smith wrote: “intellectually a propos religion, equally in depth and breadth, the paragon of our time.”


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Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Seyyed Hossein Nasr (b. 1933) is University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. The author of over thirty books and three hundred articles, he is one of the world’s most respected writers and speakers on Islam, its arts and sciences, and its traditional mystical path, Sufism.
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Reviews of The Essential Frithjof Schuon

"This anthology is doubly masterful; first, by virtue, obviously, of the Schuonian text, but also on account of its marvelous selection, which highlights the essential elements of Frithjof Schuon’s thought in its entirety. An invaluable contribution which has no peer."

- Wolfgang Smith, author of The Wisdom of Ancient Cosmology and Cosmos and Transcendence: Breaking Through the Barrier of Scientistic Belief






Table of Contents for The Essential Frithjof Schuon

Preface to the 2005 Edition
Introduction
On Some of the Features of His Works
The Study of Religion
The Multiplicity of Religions and the Method of Their Study Metaphysics
Cosmology
Epistemology
Philosophy
Art and Beauty
Nature
Man
The Spiritual Life
Eschatology
Critic of the Modern World
Who is Frithjof Schuon ?
Schuon as Poet and Artist
The Language and Style of Schuon's Writings
The Influence of Schuon
The Message of Schuon
An Annotated Description of the Writings of Frithjof Schuon
PART I: RELIGION AND REVELATION
The Nature of Religion
Religio Perennis
The Sense of the Absolute in Religions
To Refuse or to Accept Revelation
Esotericism and Mysticism
Understanding Esotericism
Faith, Love, and Knowledge
The Nature and Arguments of Faith
Understanding and Believing
On Faith and Its Object
Earthly Concomitances of the Love of God
Love and Knowledge
"The Four Jewels" of Human Life
Theology and Philosophy
Man and Certainty
On Miracles as Proofs of God
Evidence and Mystery
On the Divine Will
On Predestination and Free Will
Tracing the Notion of Philosophy

PART II: THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS
Comparative Religion — Methodology
Diversity of Revelation
The Limitations of Exoterism
Contours of the Spirit
The Human Margin
Archaic Religions
The Ancient Worlds in Perspective
The Religions of the American Indians
The Sacred Pipe of the Red Indians
Hinduism
The Vedanta
Principle of Distinction in the Social Order
The Chinese Religions
Buddhism
Originality of Buddhism
Mystery of the Bodhisattva
Glimpses into Zen
Shintoism
Judaism
The Torah and the Mischna
The Supreme Commandment
Christianity
The Christian Tradition: Some Thoughts on its Nature
Mysteries of Christ and of the Virgin
The Problem of Evangelism
Islam
On the Quran
On the Prophet
Seeds of a Divergence
Islamic Poverty
The Quintessential Esoterism of Islam
On the Life Cycle of Sufism
PART III: THE NATURE OF REALITY
Metaphysics
Dimensions, Modes and Degrees of the Divine Order
The Interplay of the Hypostases
The Mystery of the Veil
Symbolism and Grace
The Science of the Study of Myth
Epistemology
Consequences Flowing from the Mystery of Subjectivity
Cosmology and the Traditional Sciences
Hypostases and Cosmic Numbers
What Is Matter and Who Is Mara?
PART IV: ART AND THE SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF BEAUTY
Aesthetics
Aesthetics and Symbolism in Art and Nature
Foundations of an Integral Aesthetics
PART V: MAN
The Nature of Man
On the Creation of Man
Man as Divine Manifestation
The Fall of Man
Man in the Universe
Woman
Woman and Interiorization
Sexuality
The Problem of Sexuality
PART VI: THE SPIRITUAL LIFE
Elements and Goal of the Spiritual Path
Nature and Function of the Spiritual Master
The Servant and Union
Prayer
Modes of Prayer
Prayer Fashions Man
The Spiritual Virtues
PART VII: ESCHATOLOGY AND THE AFTERLIFE
Reflections on Eschatological Problems
Some Observations on a Problem of the Afterlife
Universal Eschatology
On the Notion of Hell
The Two Paradises
PART VIII: CRITICISM OF THE MODERN WORLD
Criticism of Modern Philosophy
Modern Philosophy, Logic and Intuition
Conceptual Dimensions
Rationalism, Real and Apparent
Letter on Existentialism
Criticism of Modern Science
Modern Science and the Fall of Man
Modern Science and Metaphysical Reality
Modern Science-Objectivity-Subjectivity
Traditional and Modern Science
Criticism of Modern Art
Art —Traditional and Modern, Sacred and Profane
PART IX: SPIRITUAL IMPRESSIONS
Selected Poems
Selections from Unpublished Letters
The Garden
On the Holiness of the Name
Two Unequal Heredities
Against Subtle Worldliness
Sophia Perennis

Appendix—The Writings of Schuon
Table of Abbreviations
Biographical Notes


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Some Observations on a Problem of the AfterlifeThe Essential Frithjof Schuon (2005)Schuon, Frithjof Comparative Religion, Metaphysics
Schuon begins this brief survey: "The Western mentality has given rise to four metaphysical perspectives which are either perfect or at least satisfactory as the case may be, namely: Platonism, including Neo-Platonism; Aristotelianism; Scholasticism; Palamism." The author then suggests where the philosophers Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Pascal (particularly the first of these) are situated in regard to those four metaphysical perspectives.
Letter on ExistentialismStudies in Comparative Religion, Vol. 9, No. 2. (Spring, 1975); also in the book "The Essential Frithjof Schuon"Schuon, Frithjof Metaphysics, Perennial Philosophy, Tradition
Introduction to The Essential Frithjof SchuonThe Essential Frithjof SchuonNasr, Seyyed Hossein Metaphysics
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