René Guénon and the Future of the West: The Life and Writings  of a 20th-Century Metaphysician

René Guénon and the Future of the West: The Life and Writings of a 20th-Century Metaphysician by Robin Waterfield

ISBN10: 1597310190
ISBN13: 978-1597310192
Author: Robin Waterfield
Title: René Guénon and the Future of the West: The Life and Writings of a 20th-Century Metaphysician
Publisher: Sophia Perennis (March 4, 2005)
Language: English
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René Guénon and the Future of the West: The Life and Writings of a 20th-Century Metaphysician by Robin Waterfield



René Guénon (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. This is the only biographical introduction to Guénon currently available in English. Sophia Perennis will soon publish another biography, The Simple Life of René Guénon, written shortly after Guénon's death by his close friend and publisher Paul Chacornac. After a lonely childhood, often interrupted by ill health, Guénon navigated the seductive half-truths of occultism toward a deeper, unified vision offering a way out from the confusion and fragmentation of our time. Against the seemingly inexorable process of dissolution the twentieth century experienced, Guénon pointed to the transcendent unity of all religious faiths and the abiding Truth that contains them all.

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