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In East and West Guenon diagnoses the fundamental 'abnormality' of Western civilization vis-a-vis the traditional civilizations of the East, suggests avenues by which the West might be 're-oriented' toward the fundamental metaphysical principles it has largely abandoned, and outlines the possible role of a restoration of true intellectuality in this task. Of course, East a ...more
Hardcover, 170 pages
Published May 22nd 2004 by Sophia Perennis et Universalis
(first published 1924)
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It is astonishing when we know that this book was written in 1924 and it is indeed still valid and what René foreseen already happened and even to its extreme extend. The work in this book can be an infrastructure if the West ever want to reconcile with the East , but only on true intellectual principles. Where as the modern western civilisation is the only - among all other civilisations - that is distorted and deviated from any real path by completely negation of a supreme metaphysical order , ...more
J'ai eu beaucoup de difficulté à assimiler ce livre ! Il est dense et puissant ! Il est perturbant et violent ! A bas tous les préjugés sur les civilisations traditionnelles René Guénon annonce la supériorité de celles ci sur la civilisation Occidentale ! Les conditions de rapprochements sont pour lui simples mais difficiles à mettre en œuvre ; un accord sur les principes ! Les principes que l'occident a perdu depuis des lurettes !
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“We cannot help noticing that, like all propagandists, the apostles of tolerance, truth to tell, are very often the most intolerant of men. This is what has in fact happened, and it is strangely ironical : those who wished to overthrow all dogma have created for their own use, we will not say a new dogma, but a caricature of dogma, which they have succeeded in imposing on the western world in general; in this way there have been established, under the pretext of "freedom of thought," the most chimerical beliefs that have ever been seen at any time, under the form of these different idols, of which we have just singled out some of the more important.”
“[...] d’ailleurs nous ne pouvons nous empêcher de constater que, comme tous les propagandistes, les apôtres de la tolérance sont très souvent, en fait, les plus intolérants des hommes.”More quotes…