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Against the Modern World

Mark Sedgwick

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195152975
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835225 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195152972.001.0001
Against the Modern World

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Explores the history and doctrines of Traditionalism, a movement established by Ren” Gu”non in the 1920s, and later developed further by Julius Evola (in politics), Frithjof Schuon (in religion), and Mircea Eliade (in academia). Traditionalism sees modernity as terminal decline from traditional metaphysical truth, and attempts to remedy this at both a personal and societal level. All responses depend on the recovery of lost tradition, notably of the “perennial philosophy.” Personal responses are generally religious, and Sufism (mystical Islam) was the most important of these, followed by Freemasonry. Societal responses range from Eliade’s scholarly investigation of archaic religion to Evola’s ultra fascism, by 2000 a major stream in far-right thought. The book examines the origins of Traditionalism in the Renaissance, and then traces the development of the groups and movements that resulted, as well as modification in doctrine. The final chapter looks at Traditionalism’s possible influence in the future, and asks why so many intellectuals found this anti-modernist movement so attractive.

Keywords: tradition; modernity; Guénon; Schuon; Evola; Eliade; Sufism; Masonry; fascism; religion

Book.  384 pages. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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Prologue in Against the Modern World

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Traditionalism in Against the Modern World

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Perennialism in Against the Modern World

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Gnostics, Taoists, and Sufis in Against the Modern World

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Cairo, Mostaganem, and Basel in Against the Modern World

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Fascism in Against the Modern World

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Fragmentation in Against the Modern World

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The Maryamiyya in Against the Modern World

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America in Against the Modern World

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Terror in Italy in Against the Modern World

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