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Rene Guenon (1886-1951) is undoubtedly one of the luminaries of the twentieth century, whose critique of the modern world has stood fast against the shifting sands of recent philosophies. His oeuvre of 26 volumes is providential for the modern seeker: pointing ceaselessly to the perennial wisdom found in past cultures ranging from the Shamanistic to the Indian and Chinese, ...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published December 27th 2003 by Sophia Perennis et Universalis (first published January 1st 1923)
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Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's an interesting book, and the author makes a nice exploration on both spiritism and ocultism, but his approach to prove the fallacy based on his metaphysics concepts ends up falling short, leaving the exposed inconsistencies and incoherencies as the strongest argument, which isn't actually what he wanted. ...more
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Just like his "General Introduction", this book is much better than expected.

"D’autre part, la réfutation du spiritisme, en dehors de l’intérêt qu’elle présente par elle-même, nous a permis, comme nous l’avions annoncé au début, d’exprimer certaines vérités importantes ; les vérités métaphysiques surtout, alors même qu’elles sont formulées à propos d’une erreur, ou pour répondre à des objections, n’en ont pas moins une portée éminemment positive."
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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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