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Essential Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (Perennial Philosophy)

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Ananda K. Coomaraswamy was engaged in the world not only as a scholarly expositor of traditional culture and philosophy, but also as a radical critic of contemporary life. Edited by the author?s son Rama, this book is an introduction to the essential writings of a key figure in the twentieth century revival of traditionalist thought. A. K. Coomaraswamy?s writings have been ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published March 22nd 2004 by World Wisdom Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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First time reading his work, and I'm incredibly impressed. His in depth analysis of how aesthetics has been understood Traditionally and how today's understanding is inaccurate and metaphysically dissonant to Truth, is breath-taking. What really struck me was how much of a command he has not just of other religions' vocabulary, but how broad his knowledge is of the world's sacred languages and how they relate to today's vernacular tongues- there's both a religio perennis as well as a lingua pere ...more
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This is the best Ananda Coomaraswamy collection to start with since it has a good mix of essays on metaphysics, mythology, symbolism, art and culture. The Princeton/Bollingen collection (The Door in the Sky) is also good, but shorter and less wide-ranging as far as subject matter.

Coomaraswamy, a celebrated academic, complements Guenon's purely metaphysical outlook quite well, and for those who prefer an academic approach (perhaps because they feel more comfortable with the modern chrism of 'res
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Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy was a Ceylonese philosopher and metaphysician, as well as a pioneering historian and philosopher of Indian art, particularly art history and symbolism, and an early interpreter of Indian culture to the West. In particular, he is described as "the groundbreaking theorist who was largely responsible for introducing ancient Indian art to the West." (Wikipedia)
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