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The Crisis of the Modern World (Le monde moderne #2)

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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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Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تاریخچۀ مختصر جهان
رنه گنون ادعایی کلیدی دارد: ما در دوران کالی یوگا هستیم.
دورانی که بنا به سنت های هندی، رشتۀ ارتباط انسان و خدایان قطع می شود و دانش و نام خدایان از یاد انسان ها می رود و هرج و مرج جهان را فرا می گیرد. این دوران به باور هندوها از پنج تا شش هزار سال قبل (شگفتا، همزمان با آغاز تمدن) شروع شده و تا زمانی که به اوج خود نرسد، به پایان نخواهد رسید: بیشترین فاصله ای که انسان می تواند از معنویت بگیرد. بعد، سیر واژگونه می شود و آدمیان باز به سوی آن چه از آن دور شده اند باز می گردند.

اگر هر
Dina Kaidir Elsouly
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
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Ismael Schonhorst
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
Christina Stenstrom
Bleak, honest and delightful. So very, very ahead of its time/prescient. Must revisit soon.
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Taha rabbani
این کتاب را بالاخره خوندم. زوری که پشت سرم بود نوشتن مقالهای برای کلاس دکتر ذکرگو است، و البته این کتاب را بهعنوان مقدمهای برای خواندن کتاب سیطرهی کمیت خواندم. اول ترجمهای دیگه از این کتاب را داشتم، اما آن ترجمه خیلی سخت بود، و من از اپلیکیشن فیدیبو ترجمهی آقای حسن عزیزی را خریدم که خیلی ترجمهی راحتتری بود. البته متن همچنان سنگینه.
خیلی از صحبتهایی را که رنه گنون در این کتاب میکنه ما شاید خیلی شنیده باشیم، اما نکته اینه که رنه گنون در ارائهی راهحل خیلی احتیاط میکنه و اساساً به راهحلهای همگانی و
Aug 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Guenon'un aykırı bir düşünür olduğunu söylemek hafif kaçar. Kendisi koyu bir gelenekçi ve bireyciliğin azılı bir düşmanı. Öyle ki ona göre doğrunun ölçüsü dahi gelenektir. O yüzden ortaya yeni ve doğru bir şey koymanın imkanı yoktur. Kendisinin yeniliğe bakış açısı kısaca şöyle: "Doğru bir düşünce yeni olamaz; çünkü hakikat, insan aklının bir ürünü değildir. Hakikat bizden bağımsız olarak vardır ve biz onu sadece bilmek ve tanımak zorundayız. Bu bilgi dışında ancak yanlış olabilir."

Kendisi doğuy
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
Jul 05, 2016 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
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai préféré le relire une seconde fois ce livre pour m'imprégner de tout le bouleversement des valeurs contemporaines "modernes" qu'il condamne afin de refonder un nouveau paradigme basé sur la - jamais définie - Tradition primordiale.

Il s'attache d'abord à renverser notre paradigme courant de "progrès", c'est-à-dire de lecture optimiste de l'histoire caractéristique de notre focalisation autour de la réussite matérielle, en rappelant qu'à l'inverse, toutes les traditions spirituelles anciennes
Anonymous Writer
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Guenon is a largely ignored writer due to his thought being foreign to presently acceptable academic philosophy. This should make you want to read him. His political leanings are often cited as a reason for people not to read him, as he's a right-winger, but that doesn't stop anybody from reading Heildegger - excuse me, Heidegger.

I'm rating this book four stars, because it's not an outstanding work (I've heard that The Reign of Quantity is his magnum opus), but it does what it sets out to do fai
Manuel Nunes
Apr 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Roger Norman
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant analysis of the spiritual and metaphysical crisis of western civilization and the value shift that western culture found itself in following the so called enlightenment era.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this worrying little diatribe because I had heard Steve Bannon was taught this in his Catholic college and he remains a fan.

The author, Rene Guenon, hates the present world and he wants it to change. He yearns for the Middle Ages, when Kings rules the masses, the Catholic Church ruled the Kings, and life had clear reason and meaning (for him).
He wants to send us all back there (and he may yet have his wish).

The reason he hates the present world (circa 1927, and final edition in 19
Chelsea Miller
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Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un'analisi lucida e incredibilmente attuale nonostante sia stata scritta ormai un secolo fa, di ciò che è il mondo moderno, inteso non come banalmente "contemporaneo" ma come l'evolversi di un pensiero (nella fattispecie quello occidentale) che nel susseguirsi dei secoli è disceso lungo una china che sarà difficile risalire, quella per cui si privilegia la quantità sulla qualità, l'immanente sull'eterno, il materiale sullo spirituale. Come i mostri ancestrali che divorano se stessi, il mondo mod ...more
Nasser Farhat
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: masterpieces
This is a true gem, an escape from the illusions of modernity, and one of the deepest insights by the genius.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Derivative, half-baked, pseudo-intellectual right-wing propaganda. Its no wonder the American Fascist Steve Bannon fell for this tripe.
Pieter-Jan Beyul
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clear cut, timeless - though it was written in 1927, the themes of secularization, nominalism and the havoc this wreaks on the social fabric reads like a current commentary. Something things just don't change - human nature remains the same, resisting efforts to rationalize it away. 120pg, highly recommended.
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
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Goofy Gazzar
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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