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Critique of the modern world from the point of view of traditional metaphysics, with special reference to the Oriental doctrine of cosmic cycles.
Paperback, Revised edition , 120 pages
Published June 24th 2004 by Sophia Perennis (first published 1927)
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Dina Kaidir
Most translated works are difficult reads, but this topic resonated deep with me. It made me re-think the way that I see life. How can we call straying far from God "progress?" Everything in this world has become so secular (perhaps with the intention of finding neutrality), but everything is so profane. We live in a world that actually is suspicious when we say the name of God. I bow in deep respect for this author and for his poignant and sober literary expression. Also, for his perennial phil ...more
Tengku Ahmad Hazri
The scholarly world is never too short of what is in vogue as `critiques of modernity' that another addition to this stock would have been redundant. Guénon's The Crisis of the Modern World however, is not simply `another' of this but is distinguished by its profound wisdom, transcending conventional approaches that either diagnosed the symptoms and not the real disease or carried from an exclusively `philosophical' viewpoint, oblivious to the fact that `philosophy' itself is among modernity's o ...more
Roger Norman
a dense, dry, demanding book of profound interest and great illumination. if you cotton to him (many will not), there's quite a lot more where this one came from. a life-changer.
Regardless of the fact that this could be a cult book, by far one of the most interesting insights into our human current human condition and why and how we got here.
Anonymous Writer
The crisis of the modern world-Rene Guenon-The book is a caustic critic of the modern Occidental world. Guenon adopts a traditional approach in his writings. He claims that the Sacred tradition of the main religions are obviously from a divine source and that the fall of man represents the separation from the divine and the birth of individuality. Consequently, the more far away from the divine-inspired Tradition, the written sacred word, the society is, the more fallen the human condition is. T ...more
Alex Kartelias
I agreed much with what Guenon had to say concerning scienticism, the degradation of the Intellect, progress and materialism. However, I can't rap my mind around his disapproval of democracy. He says much the same thing that Plato says about it in The Republic- claiming it's the leadership of the incompetent. Guenon would agree with Plato in claiming that the leader should be a, "philosopher king" of sorts. The problem I have with it though is that a leader needs a lot more skill for being a lea ...more
In spite it was written a long time ago, this book shows us all the problems of the modern world. A must read for people concerned with our future.
Ashraf Sekaly
There is no clear explanation of definition of " eastern " ideas, metaphysics, or doctrine he is talking about.

He assumes that those vague ideas are the norm to all civilizations prior to the modern western model, failing to give any real evidence; keep in mind Comte's version of the story Guenon is telling!

So not being clear on what is that superior knowledge, let alone prove it's worth seeking, and instead going around bashing modern science and undermining its achievements, that doesn't help
Christina Stenstrom
Bleak, honest and delightful. So very, very ahead of its time/prescient. Must revisit soon.
Some books are just interesting from the start.
Pieter-Jan Beyul
A short yet interesting look from a traditionalist perspective on the modern world as an anomoly in world history.
The latter, I find, cannot be disputed by any historian. Modernity is indeed a phenomenon that has received a lot of attention in the disciplines of history and sociology as to how it came to be and what it exactly entails. Guénon here brings an original outlook on a subject that is too often approached in the academia from either a marxist or a liberalist angle. People looking for
Goofy Gazzar
Although Renen wrote that book in the 1920s , but he actually nailed it. As if he is here today. The book is an answer to the question that every body is asking, What is wrong with this world ?! Indeed, Renen the great philosopher and the metaphysical scintest illustrate his answer with a strong logic. It is not easy to follow him, and he is a bit arrogant but indeed based on a strong argument. THe book is very sencere and neutral in illustrating its point. The concept of the four cycles is very ...more
This was a painful read about the decay and profane nature of modern times. Written by a French metaphysician in the 1920's, he has this to say about Westerners: there remains in the West only two kinds of people, neither of them very interesting: the gullible, who take these big words at their face value, and believe in their ' civilizing mission', completely unaware of the materialist barbarism in which they are sunk, and the guileful, who exploit this state of mind to gratify their instincts ...more
Magnifique. Encore une fois René guenon me donne une mechante baffe !

la crise du monde moderne est une crise essentiellement causée par la perte du principe. Les humains se sont écartés de la Tradition primordiale et ont oublié l'intelligence la vraie pour fonder un monde base sur la rationalité seule et sur un humanisme mensonger !
Ethar Mahmoud
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We are living in a time of great change. A cycle is closing in which only a few will survive in the spiritual sense. Your body and your soul are entirely different modes of being in the Kali Yuga. A slave can become a spiritual messiah while the rich have no wealth and are little better than manifestations of greed.
I highly recommend this book by Rene Guenon and his analysis of our days. Although relatively old, at least from our modern perspective (it was written in the 1920s), it still has much to say.
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“What men call chance is simply their ignorance of causes; if the statement that something had happened by chance were to mean that it had no cause, it would be a contradiction in terms.” 7 likes
“This now leads us to elucidate more precisely the error of the idea that the majority should make the law, because, even though this idea must remain theoretical - since it does not correspond to an effective reality - it is necessary to explain how it has taken root in the modern outlook, to which of its tendencies it corresponds, and which of them - at least in appearance - it satisfies. Its most obvious flaw is the one we have just mentioned: the opinion of the majority cannot be anything but an expression of incompetence, whether this be due to lack of intelligence or to ignorance pure and simple; certain observations of 'mass psychology' might be quoted here, in particular the widely known fact that the aggregate of mental reactions aroused among the component individuals of a crowd crystallizes into a sort of general psychosis whose level is not merely not that of the average, but actually that of the lowest elements present.” 1 likes
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