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Ride the Tiger: A Survival Manual for the Aristocrats of the Soul

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Julius Evola’s final major work, which examines the prototype of the human being who can give absolute meaning to his or her life in a world of dissolution

• Presents a powerful criticism of the idols, structures, theories, and illusions of our modern age

• Reveals how to transform destructive processes into inner liberation

The organizations and institutions that, in a tradi
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 8th 2003 by Inner Traditions (first published 1st 1961)
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Who is Julius Evola? What does he want? Why does he matter? Do Fascists shit in the woods?

Ride the Tiger starts with some standard criticisms of the Liberal-Democratic-Capitalist-Constitutional world, as well as the Materialist-Marxist-Soviet-COMINTERN world, again noting their focus on material conditions while ignoring 'spiritual' or mental processes. He briefly discusses a few contemporary philosophers in this early stage of analysis. Most of his time is spent wrestling with Nietzsche, his im
Matthew W
Apr 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Julius Evola's analysis and diagnosis of the modern world in "Ride The Tiger" is very precise (unfortunately) to say the least.

"Riding the Tiger" in modern times (some decades after the book was written) is no doubt a grand challenge only for those few unafraid to confront modern degeneracy head-on. As Nietzsche wrote in probably his most popular quote,"What doesn't kill us makes us stronger."

But as a drunken and belligerent biker once told me, "if you mess with the bull, you get the horns."

Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Evola didn't speak to modern man. What he calls aristocrats of the soul is a man of previous eras living today. Previous epochs!

The view of the archaic man is what aristocracy has always manifested. From such a vantage point, our current era maybe characterized as a waste land, void of values, of beauty, of taste and of intelligence. This is obvious wherever we turn our attention: in architecture and fine arts, in cheap, mass-manufactured products, in what music has become and last but not leas
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A breath of fresh air and a very interesting for those who agree with Evola. The critiques of Sartre, Nietzsche and Heidegger are well-composed and would be of interest for general philosophy readers.
John Dorf
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Don't tell anyone I read this
Nikolay Shiryaev
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
At first I was bored by Evola's elaborate reflections on the necessity to turn to transcendence in one's existence, but the book got better and better as the author performed a great analysis of modern philosophy until it finally turned brilliant with his criticism of human culture and society. I may not agree with everything Evola wrote, but many of his thoughts concerning the state of modern civilisation are indeed striking and have to be taken into consideration.
Daniele Palmieri
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non c'è niente di più proficuo di leggere un autore con vedute diametralmente opposte alle proprie.
Evola, esponente della destra tradizionalista, ma non di quella ignorante e populista (alla Salvini, per intenderci) ma di quella ancorata ai grandi Miti della Tradizione, è uno di quegli autori con cui amo confrontarmi.
Non condivido gran parte della sue idee e delle sue posizioni, ma è senza dubbio una lettura culturalmente appagante
Brett Green
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of Evola's fundamental assumptions is that this material world of becoming is inherently inferior to immaterial one of transcendence and being. There is really never any explication of why this or what is exactly wrong with our material world. But of course people not oriented to these notions to begin with will likely never read this book to begin with. So getting in touch with being isn't for everyone. Of course, it used to be the purview of the priestly and warrior castes, but that's all ...more
Äsruþr Cyneaþsson
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A profound expansion of Nietzsche's Will to Power. Evolva here provides guidance as to how the Traditional man, the heroic aristocratic soul, should encounter the modern world as a means to Becoming. Evolva's language is at time a little dense and overly constructed, but such is also likely the result of the translation. A seminal work for those on the LHP.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This book had an air of arrogance which I haven't noticed in other Evola works,
I'm not sure if this is the right word, but it felt like with every reference Evola makes to other writers be it Spengler or Nietzsche, or anyone else for that matter.
No reference was made without a neg, usually in the form of a brief anecdote, and an entirely subjective critique of why that person was wrong.

I also found the premise of Evola's "differentiated man" to be little but a figment of the writer's imaginat
Ill D
Aug 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
Highly disapinting. The title, "A Survival Manual for Aristocrats of the Soul," is nothing more than a stupid misnomer. Nothing but reactionary drivel with Evola raging against Nietzche, Heidigger, and any other intellectual that didn't get his whole TRADITION schtick. Which is a real shame because, Revolt Against the Modern World is fucking great. Philosophy-tards might like it, anyone else more grounded in reality, like myself, should steer clear of this boringass work and just stick with Revo ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 20th-century, italian
A feckless, fascist, pile of dreck.
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Decent analysis of modernity, but only a vague explanation of how to overcome it.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A bit too esoteric and wordy yet I highlighted something on nearly every page. The modern world crushes us spiritually, disconnecting us from our ancient roots. Dissolution prevails. The man today who is still connected to these roots can survive the modern world without necessarily removing himself from it.
William Williamson
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up
A meandering diatribe of empty statements and meaningless phrases. At the end of every paragraph you expect that the next will contain some kind of nugget of wisdom, but it never comes. More ellipses, more commas and the voluminous prose of someone who is sorely missing an editor.
Aug 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
I'm at about 70%, and so far he mostly seems to be very busy pointing out how wrong other people are. I also feel he simplifies a lot of things and maybe doesn't understand them as well as he likes to imagine. While I found a lot of original and interesting ideas in this book so far, I do also feel...well. This entire book so far seems to be about how amazing he and people who are like him are and why. Though there are some interesting points he also loses a lot of credit by over simplifying all ...more
Apr 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: philosophy
Nonsense. Annoying, how often he writes of his having written about something, as in passages that go, "I have already written of this [and he has just written about it on the last page]," over and over and over. It's stimulating to have to read carefully. It's also great to reap the benefits of someone with greater knowledge than oneself. But Evola makes his positive assertions in terms of negative statements, effectively saying, "What is real is beyond that which is real, what is actual is not ...more
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«Al luogo delle unità tradizionali – dei corpi particolari, degli ordini, delle caste o classi funzionali, delle corporazioni – membrature a cui il singolo si sentiva legato in base ad un principio superindividuale che ne informava l’intera vita dandole un significato e un orientamento specifico, oggi si hanno associazioni determinate unicamente dall’interesse materiale degli individui, che solo su questa base si uniscono: sindacati, organizzazioni di categoria, partiti. Lo stato informe dei pop ...more
Oct 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
If you are like me you have long since seen the disturbing parallels between the far right and the new age/hippie movement. If you want to see an actual work of writing which originally brought these things together as a whole in the first place here you go. You even get that oh-so-wonderful postmodernist word salad style of non-writing as part of the presentation.

So cross L Ron Hubbard, Derrida, and David Duke and that's basically what you get here. Whole Foods with soundtrack by Von Thornstahl
Will Mačiatka
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a lifeline and a must read for anyone who doesn't feel at home in the materialistic modern age in that it is a thought provoking analysis of what the individual can do to thrive in the age of dissolution. The book elucidates practical methods for living out Evolas traditionalist and perennial worldview in a world that is apathetic towards anything but nihilistic hedonism. The philosophical ideas and schools brought up by Evola would be a challenge for anyone not acquainted with them ...more
Dec 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Entre el individualismo y la iluminación, envestido con la armadura de la Tradición, así luce el "aristócrata del espíritu" al que se refiere el título. Algún día lo publicaremos en español. Fundamental.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Heavy on the ends.....

Scriptor Ignotus
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
A weaker, less focused, more eclectic offering from Evola.
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Julius Evola, also known as Baron Giulio Cesare Andrea Evola, was an Italian philosopher, esotericist, occultist, author, artist, poet, political activist, soldier. During his trial in 1951, Evola denied being a Fascist and instead referred to himself as a "superfascist".
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“Neither pleasure nor pain should enter as motives when one must do what must be done.” 52 likes
“What I am about to say does not concern the ordinary man of our day. On the contrary, I have in mind the man who finds himself involved in today's world, even at its problematic and paroxysmal points; yet he does not belong inwardly to such a world, nor will he give in to it. He feels himself, in essence, as belonging to a different race from that of the overwhelming majority of his contemporaries.

The natural place for such a man, the land in which he would not be a stranger, is the world of Tradition.”
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