Author: Rene GuenonTranslator(s): Lord NorthbournePublisher: Munshiram ManoharlalYear: 2000Language: EnglishPages: 363ISBN/UPC (if available): 8121509777
The present volume carries the discussion forward that was initiated by the author in his book, namely, La Crise du Monde Moderne. As the title of the book suggests, the author has been deeply concerned with the malady that has gripped the modern civilization. While analyzing the sickness of contemporary civilization, he author has equally concerned itself with the study of such traditional societies, particularly the societies of the Orient, which still maintain unbroken continuity between the past and the present. As to whether this historical continuity will continue into the future is a mute question, as most of the Oriental Societies are giving in to the pressures that Westernization ahs unleashed.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:RENE GUENON (1886-1951) is without doubt one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Frithjof Schuon has said of him hat he had the central function of restoring the great principles of traditional metaphysics to Western awareness and he added that Guenon gave proof of a universality of understanding that for centuries had had no parallel in the Western world.
INTRODUCTIONCHAPTERQuality and QuantityMateria Signata QuantitateMeasure and ManifestationSpatial Quantity and Qualified SpaceThe Qualitative Determinations of TimeThe Principle of IndividuationUniformity Against UnityAncient Crafts and Modern IndustryThe Two-Fold Significance of AnonymityThe Illusion of StatisticsUnity and SimplicityThe Hatred of SecrecyThe Postulates of RationalismMechanism and MaterialismThe Illusion of Ordinary LifeThe Degeneration of CoinageThe Solidification of the WorldScientific Mythology and PopularizationThe Limits of History and GeographyFrom Sphere to CubeCain and AbelThe Significance of MetallurgyTime Changed into SpaceTowards dissolutionThe Fissures in the Great WallChamanism and SorceryPsychic ResiduesThe Successive Stages in Anti-Traditional ActionDeviation and SubversionThe Inversion of SymbolsTradition and TraditionalismNeo-SpiritualismContemporary IntuitionismThe Misdeeds of Psycho-AnalysisThe Confusion of the Psychic and the SpiritualPseudo-InitiationThe Deceptiveness of PropheciesFrom Anti-Tradition to Counter-TraditionThe Great Parody, or Spirituality InvertedThe End of a WorldNOTESINDEX