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The Essential René Guénon
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Essential René Guénon, The: Metaphysics, Tradition and the Crisis of Modernity
Essential René Guénon, The: Metaphysics, Tradition and the Crisis of Modernity
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Comparative Religion
Eastern Religion
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Guénon, René
Symbolism
Tradition

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ISBN:  978-1-933316-57-4
Book Size:  6 × 9
# of Pages:  312
Language:  English



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René Guénon (1886-1951) was one of the founders of the Perennialist/Traditionalist school of comparative religious thought. In a time of unquestioning belief in the dogmas of progress and evolution, Guénon issued a devastating critique of the modern world. A pioneering philosopher, he also provided the intellectual keys for a reclamation of the West’s spiritual riches through an exposition of the Eastern metaphysical doctrines. This anthology of his essential writings is divided into four parts: 1. The Modern World; 2. The Metaphysical World; 3. The Hindu World; and 4. The Traditional World.
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René Guénon (1886-1951) was one of the founders of the Perennialist/Traditionalist school of comparative religious thought. In a time of unquestioning belief in the dogmas of progress and evolution, Guénon issued a devastating critique of the modern world. A pioneering philosopher, he also provided the intellectual keys for a reclamation of the West’s spiritual riches through an exposition of the Eastern metaphysical doctrines. This anthology of his essential writings is divided into four parts: 1. The Modern World; 2. The Metaphysical World; 3. The Hindu World; and 4. The Traditional World.

About the author, René Guénon, and the editor, John Herlihy

René Guénon

René Guénon (1886-1951) was a French metaphysician, writer, and editor who was largely responsible for laying the metaphysical groundwork for the Traditionalist or Perennialist school of thought in the early twentieth century. Guénon remains influential today for his writings on the intellectual and spiritual bankruptcy of the modern world, on symbolism, on spiritual esoterism and initiation, and on the universal truths that manifest themselves in various forms in the world’s religious traditions.

A selection of René Guénon's most important and representative writings has been collected in the book The Essential René Guénon: Metaphysics, Tradition and the Crisis of Modernity, edited by author and editor John Herlihy. To see a list of the many essays from René Guénon that have appeared in World Wisdom books, click here.

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John Herlihy

John Herlihy was born into an Irish-American family in Boston, Massachusetts. Herlihy completed studies at a Paulist seminary. He works in Abu Dhabi at the University of Science, Technology and Research as a special advisor to the President. In addition to writing for such traditional journals as Sacred Web and Sophia, his publications include In Search of the Truth, Veils and Keys to Enlightenment, Modern Man at the Crossroads, and Near and Distant Horizons, all of which reflect upon the disparity between modernity and tradition and the pursuit of spirituality in today’s anti-spiritual world. He is also the author of Borderlands of the Spirit: Reflections on a Sacred Science of Mind and Wisdom’s Journey: Living the Spirit of Islam in the Modern World. Mr Herlihy is also the editor of The Essential René Guénon: Metaphysics, Tradition and the Crisis of Modernity.


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Martin Lings

Martin Lings (1909-2005) was a leading member of the “Traditionalist” or “Perennialist” school and an acclaimed author, editor, translator, scholar, Arabist, and poet whose work centers on the relationship between God and man through religious doctrine, scripture, symbolism, literature, and art. He was an accomplished metaphysician and essayist who often turned to the world’s great spiritual traditions for examples, though he is probably best known for his writings on Islam and its esoteric tradition, Sufism.

Dr. Lings co-edited The Underlying Religion (2007) with Clinton Minnar. This book is a survey of central perennialist ideas and authors. Dr Lings contributed the following essays to various World Wisdom books:

  • “The Past in the Light of the Present & The Rhythms of Time”, “The Decisive Boundary”, “The Symbol”, and “The Spirit of the Times”, as well as a preface, to The Underlying Religion
  • The “Introduction” to The Essential René Guénon
 

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The Essential René Guénon brings together the broad and illuminating spectrum of Guénon’s corpus in a single volume like no other anthology currently available, which could very well realign the collective nucleus of sapiential wisdom to truly and integrally shift the predominant paradigm. Paradoxically, the more the current dissolution of what appears as the—‘eleventh hour’—gains way, the evermore relevant and indispensable Guénon’s work is. It is with our hope that this recent anthology will provide an antidotal remedy to the ‘intellectual myopia’ of the times in order to reaffirm the sophia perennis—‘multiple paths all leading to the same end.’”
—From a review by Samuel Bendeck Sotillos in the journal Parabola



“This remarkable selection of excerpts is an excellent and surprisingly comprehensive introduction to the life and work of René Guénon. For someone who had read Guénon before it is a great way to reintroduce yourself with the wide range of his works. To someone new to the unique vision Guénon offers, this is a great way to get acquainted with the Primordial wisdom.”
—From a review in Living Traditions Magazine



“In a time of unquestioning belief in the dogmas of progress and evolution, [Guénon] issued a devastating critique of the modern world. A pioneering philosopher, he provided the intellectual keys for a reclamation of the West’s spiritual riches through an exposition of the Eastern metaphysical doctrines.”
Watkins Review


Table of Contents for "The Essential René Guénon"

Preface by John Herlihy

Introduction by Martin Lings

Part 1: The Modern World

1. The Dark Age

2. Sacred and Profane Science

3. A Material Civilization

4. Introduction to The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times

5. Quality and Quantity

6. The Postulates of Rationalism

7. The End of a World

8. Civilization and Progress

Part 2: The Metaphysical World

9. Eastern Metaphysics

10. What is Meant by Tradition?

11. Essential Characteristics of Metaphysics

12. Metaphysical Realization

13. Sanātana Dharma

14. Some Remarks on the Doctrine of Cosmic Cycles

15. Foundation of the Theory of the Multiple States

16. The Realization of the Being through Knowledge

Part 3: The Hindu World

17. On the Exact Meaning of the Word “Hindu”

18. Perpetuity of the Veda

19. The Law of Manu

20. Principles Governing the Institution of Caste

21. Yoga

22. General Remarks on the Vedānta

23. The Vital Center of the Human Being: Seat of Brahma

24. The Degrees of Individual Manifestation

25. Buddhi or the Higher Intellect

26. Final Deliverance

Part 4: The Traditional World

27. Kabbalah

28. The Symbolism of the Grail

29. Islamic Esoterism

30. Taoism and Confucianism

31. Rite and Symbol

32. The Symbolism of Weaving

33. The Sword of Islam

34. The Heart and the Cave

35. Initiatic Affiliation

36. True and False Spiritual Teachers

Conclusion to Introduction to the Study of the Hindu Doctrines

Appendix 1: Biography of René Guénon

Appendix 2: The Works of René Guénon

List of Sources

Biographical Notes

Index



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The Introduction from The Essential René GuénonThe Essential René Guénon: Metaphysics, Tradition and the Crisis of ModernityLings, Martin Guénon, René
The Preface from The Essential René GuénonThe Essential René Guénon: Metaphysics, Tradition and the Crisis of ModernityHerlihy, John Guénon, René
KabbalahThe Essential René Guénon: Metaphysics, Tradition and the Crisis of ModernityGuénon, René Comparative Religion, Esoterism, Judaism, Tradition
Essential Characteristics of MetaphysicsThe Essential René Guénon: Metaphysics, Tradition and the Crisis of Modernity Guénon, René Comparative Religion, Metaphysics, Perennial Philosophy
What is Meant by TraditionThe Essential René Guénon: Metaphysics, Tradition and the Crisis of ModernityGuénon, René Comparative Religion, Modernism, Perennial Philosophy, Tradition
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