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The Only Tradition examines the first principles of the perennial philosophy or ancient wisdom tradition as expressed in the writings of Rene Guenon and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, and the current breakdown of value, meaning, and culture in the West due to the decline of these principles since the thirteenth century. The book further focuses on the relationship or reciprocity ...more
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Published February 6th 1997 by State University of New York Press (first published February 1st 1997)
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Christian
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditionalism
Where it all started.
Attempts by a Traditionalist to put Traditionalism in an academic framework.

'Quinn argues for the necessity of the Traditional perspectivea and principles in order to elevate
the crisis (epistemological, moral, social, and environmental) of modernity,
calling for a "Traditional Planetary Culture"( p. 305) and a "returnt o first principles"
(p. 306). While some might view this position with skepticism and mistrust, others
may find Quinn's scholarly discussion of perennial philoso
...more
A. J. McMahon
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
From the late nineteenth century occult circles of Western Europe emerged a figure called Rene Guenon who began to write highly authoritative books on metaphysics and philosophy and theology. He inspired a Sri Lankan academic called Coomaraswamy to make his own contributions; and Frithjof Schuon and Huston Smith and others in turn followed suit. The name of the Philosophia Perennis (attributed to Leibnitz), or the Tradition, came to be affixed to their belief system, which was essentially that a ...more
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