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Only Tradition (Suny Series, Western Esoteric Traditions)

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Examines the first principles of the perennial philosophy or ancient wisdom tradition as expressed in the writings of its great exponents, Rene Guenon and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, and offers a critique of the West from the standpoint of traditional principles.

The Only Tradition examines the first principles of the perennial philosophy or ancient wisdom tradition as expressed in the writings of Rene Guenon and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, and the current breakdown of value, meaning, and culture in the West due to the decline of these principles since the thirteenth century. The book further focuses on the relationship or reciprocity between the first principles and Western and Eastern culture, and discusses the future development of a homogenous, worldwide system of belief that would restore value and meaning to people's lives.

Quinn argues for a return to the first principles inherent in the perennial philosophy, which constitute the sacred primordial Tradition and which inform all the world's greatest religious traditions. His book makes an excellent introduction to this powerful current of European esoteric thought — Traditionalism.

"I cannot recall reading as clear a statement of the perennial philosophy, nor one as solidly based on empirical research, as I have read in this book. The topic of 'primordial tradition' or 'perennial philosophy' is important in the area of the history of religions, and there are precious few books that deal with it in a sympathetic and yet critical way.

Coomaraswamy is mentioned often and honorably in religious studies literature without telling us much about why. Guenon usually is idolized or vilified, if he is acknowledged at all. Book such asQuinn's, that treat these influential figures honestly and fairly but with an open and critical eye, fill a real need". — James Burnell Robinson, University of Northern Iowa

Synopsis:

Quinn argues for a return to the first principles inherent in the perennial philosophy, which constitute the sacred primordial Tradition and which inform all the world's great religious traditions.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-363) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780791432143
Author:
Quinn Jr, William W.
Author:
Quinn, William W.
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Location:
Albany :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
History
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
History, Criticism, Surveys
Subject:
Hermetism
Subject:
Hermetism -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
Guenon, Rene
Subject:
Philosophy-Surveys
Copyright:
Series:
Suny Series, Western Esoteric Traditions
Series Volume:
BP-413E
Publication Date:
19970231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.95x5.93x.90 in. 1.14 lbs.

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