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The Crisis of the Modern World

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The very title of the present volume calls for some initial explanation, if what it means is to be clearly understood and all misrepresentation prevented. Many no longer doubt the possibility of a world crisis, taking the latter word in its most usual acceptation, and this in itself marks a very noticeable change of outlook: by sheer force of circumstance certain illusions ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Sophia Perennis et Universalis (first published 1927)
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Dina Kaidir Elsouly
Apr 04, 2010 Dina Kaidir Elsouly rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 01, 2016 Tengku Ahmad Hazri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
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
Christina Stenstrom
Apr 03, 2011 Christina Stenstrom rated it it was amazing
Bleak, honest and delightful. So very, very ahead of its time/prescient. Must revisit soon.
Apr 28, 2012 علي rated it it was amazing
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.
L’œuvre est une critique du modernisme visant la restauration de la civilisation traditionnelle,
telle que René Guénon l’appréhende avec une dominance de l’ordre intellectuel, et qui repose sur des principes authentiques, nourris par la spiritualité, au vrai sens du mot.
Questionnements et inquiétudes de l'auteur :
"- L'Orient n'aura-t-il à subir, du fait de l'esprit moderne, qu'une crise passagère et superficielle, ou bien l'Occident entraînera-t-il dans sa chute l'humanité toute entière ?
- Qui r
Riff Denbow
Jan 17, 2016 Riff Denbow rated it did not like it
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Anonymous Writer
Sep 07, 2014 Anonymous Writer rated it really liked it
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
Jun 27, 2014 Alex Kartelias rated it liked it
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
Ismael Schonhorst
Feb 17, 2016 Ismael Schonhorst rated it it was amazing
It is certainly no accident that so many people at the present time should be obsessed with the idea of the "end of the world", but anyone wishing to appreciate the true character of the present period must possess at least a certain amount of data on the subject. We shall begin therefore by showing that its characteristic features correspond with the indications supplied from time immemorial by the traditional doctrines regarding the cyclic period of which it forms a part; and this will serve t ...more
Matthew Hunter
Lord The Crisis of the Modern World's an interesting read! In 1927, René Guénon responded to what he perceived as a global crisis for Western civilization. Guénon's manifesto (well sort of, maybe more of a heartfelt "call-to-action") lays out and applies his notion of traditional metaphysical principles - particularly that of the Kali-Yuga (‘age of darkness’) preceding the end of the present world - to scathing social criticism. For Guénon, the "Western deviation" equates to loss of Tradition, e ...more
Roger Norman
Dec 30, 2011 Roger Norman rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 11, 2016 Kâmil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
Kitabın adı "Batı, Doğu ve Gelenek" olmalıymış. "Modern Dünyanın Bunalımı" kitabın alt başlığı olsa daha uygun olurmuş. Münimalist dış kapak tasarımı ve cildin tırtıklı oluşu hoşuma gitti. Keşke kitabın içeriği de ferah ve öz olsaydı. İşte paylaşabileceğim bir kaç güzel alıntı;

"René Guénon, temel hakikat geleneğini dinlerin önüne ve üstüne yerleştiriyordu. Nitekim René Guénon, nefsin Yüce İlkeyle (Yaratıcıyla) birleşiminin en saf anlamını Hint maneviyatında bulmuştu. Ama İslam inancı içerisinde
Jul 17, 2012 Jaderson rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 02, 2016 sidana rated it really liked it
"Modern insan kendisini hakikat seviyesine yükseltmeye çalışacağı yerde, hakikatı kendi seviyesine indirmek istemektedir."

"Rönesans’la birlikte ün kazanan ve modern uygarlığın tüm programını önceden özetleyebilen bir kelime vardır: “Hümanizm”. Gerçekten de her şeyi insancıl boyutlara indirgemek, üst düzeydeki ilkeleri hesaba katmamak, simgesel olarak ifade edilirse, yeryüzünü fethetmek bahanesiyle gökyüzünden yüz çevirmek söz konusuydu. Yolunu izlediklerini iddia ettikleri Yunanlılar bu anlamda
Pieter-Jan Beyul
Apr 23, 2012 Pieter-Jan Beyul rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-shelf
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
Oct 04, 2013 Goofy Gazzar rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 19, 2013 Kayla rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
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
Zenjulon Girtzel
Excellent. So much of this book consists of stating what seems obvious to me now, yet when I first read it (in English) these things were not so obvious, probably due to my modern (secular) upbringing.

Guénon dismantles all the primary delusions that characterize distinctly modern thought and demonstrates their absurdity, their infernal character, and correctly predicts that they will bring about the total destruction of every civilization that embraces them.
Manuel Nunes
Aug 05, 2016 Manuel Nunes rated it did not like it
“I hope I am not making the insulting error of pretending that democracies are as oppressive as dictatorships – such comparisons are the self-pitying and self-dramatising whines of spoilt Western children.” – Nick Cohen.

This book is a critique of humanism and democracy, from someone who probably enjoyed far too much of both in the first place. And because this book deserves no more words of mine,
I’ll leave you with this: “for the true East has no thought of attacking or dominating anybody, and
Oct 03, 2014 Wael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 !
Ashraf Sekaly
Jan 20, 2015 Ashraf Sekaly rated it really liked it
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
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Zakaria Bziker
Dec 24, 2014 Zakaria Bziker rated it really liked it
Some books are just interesting from the start.
Ethar Mahmoud
Jun 29, 2014 Ethar Mahmoud marked it as to-read
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Apr 08, 2008 Matti rated it it was amazing
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.
Thales Carvalho
Oct 31, 2015 Thales Carvalho rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous! I can barely wait to see "The Reign of Quantity and Sign of the Times"
Nov 05, 2009 Bob rated it it was amazing
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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René Guénon (1886-1951) was a French author and intellectual who remains an influential figure in the domain of sacred science,traditional studies, symbolism and initiation.

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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.” 15 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.” 6 likes
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