Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Oxford University Press (2004)
Against the Modern World is the first history of Traditionalism, an important yet surprisingly little-known twentieth-century anti-modern movement. Comprising a number of often secret but sometimes very influential religious groups in the West and in the Islamic world, it affected mainstream and radical politics in Europe and the development of the field of religious studies in the United States, touching the lives of many individuals. French writer Rene Guenon rejected modernity as a dark age and sought to reconstruct the Perennial Philosophy - the central truths behind all the major world religions. Guenon stressed the urgent need for the West's remaining spiritual and intellectual elite to find personal and collective salvation in the surviving vestiges of ancient religious traditions. A number of disenchanted intellectuals responded to his call. In Europe, America, and the Islamic world, Traditionalists founded institutes, Sufi brotherhoods, Masonic lodges, and secret societies. Some attempted unsuccessfully to guide Fascism and Nazism along Traditionalist lines; others later participated in political terror in Italy. Traditionalist ideas were the ideological cement for the alliance of anti-democratic forces in post-Soviet Russia, and in the Islamic world entered the debate about the relationship between Islam and modernity. Although its appeal in the West was ultimately limited, Traditionalism has wielded enormous influence in religious studies, through the work of such Traditionalists as Ananda Coomaraswamy, Huston Smith, Mircea Eliade, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr.
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$13.89 used (78% off) $25.09 new (59% off) $60.49 direct from Amazon (1% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||B2430.G84.S39 2004|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Anthony Kenny (2008). Philosophy in the Modern World: A New History of Western Philosophy, Volume 4. OUP Oxford.
Martin V. Woessner (2010). Heidegger in America. Cambridge University Press.
A. W. Carus (2007). Carnap and Twentieth-Century Thought: Explication as Enlightenment. Cambridge University Press.
Corneliu C. Simuţ (2010). Traditionalism and Radicalism in the History of Christian Thought. Palgrave Macmillan.
Antony Black (2008). The West and Islam: Religion and Political Thought in World History. OUP Oxford.
Arthur Versluis (1993). American Transcendentalism and Asian Religions. Oxford University Press.
Anthony Kenny (2007/2008). Philosophy in the Modern World. Oxford University Press.
Jeffrey L. Richey (ed.) (2008). Teaching Confucianism. Oxford University Press.
Khosrow Bagheri Noaparast (2004). THREE APPROACHES IN ISLAMIC SCIENCE: CASE STUDIES IN IRAN. JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS THOUGHT 12 (1):1-18.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads18 ( #203,331 of 1,796,170 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #468,533 of 1,796,170 )
How can I increase my downloads?