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The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times

(Critique du monde moderne #3)

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The Reign of Quantity gives a concise but comprehensive view of the present state of affairs in the world, as it appears from the point of view of the 'ancient wisdom', formerly common both to the East and to the West, but now almost entirely lost sight of. The author indicates with his fabled clarity and directness the precise nature of the modern deviation, and devotes ...more
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Published April 1st 2002 by Sophia Perennis et Universalis (first published 1945)
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Matthew W
May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
René Guénon is like the Oswald Spengler of metaphysics. My interest Guénon comes from the fact that he was a huge influence (and one of the most important teachers) on Julius Evola, a fellow traditionalist. "The Reign of Quantity" is written in a very assertive and "no bullshit" manner as if René Guénon were the metaphysical prophet of Western decline (and Kali Yuga), which he pretty much is. Due to René Guénon's writing "tone", many would probably be put off when immediately reading his work ...more
Goofy Gazzar
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the profound books , written by a human , that i ever came across. I am speechless and cannot find words to describe how essential this writings to our human race and , indeed above all, to one's self. Its is usually not easy to follow Guénon specially with a translated book, and more specifically on a complicated subject like this one, so if i may ever advice i would say ( and that is what i done from an advice ) to start first by reading his work " The East and West , then The ...more
François B
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This work is far from an easy read. There isn't much of a reason to read it if one intends on rushing through it. I mostly read it one chapter a day, sometimes two, and then digest. Guénon's prose is fairly typical of the French writing style and thus you must be able to tolerate long run on sentences to enjoy reading the work without it feeling like too much of a chore.

The translation is very good and leaves nothing to be desired. Guénon pulls from a vast range of traditions, has a very
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book has affected me too much to review it, and I'm still digesting it. Remind me to give it a proper review in a year or two.
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بلاخره بار دوم خواندن کتاب سیطره کمیت و علائم آخرزمان رنه گنون تمام شد.
سنتگرایی در معنای اصیلش به واقع یک دین است. یک جهانبینی کامل که توضیح بسیاری از مشکلات نو و تشریح کیفیات سنت را بهتر از هر تلاش دیگری در خود دارد. حتی نهادهای کلاسیک ادیان به دلیل عدم برخورد نزدیک با جهان نو و به طور مشخصتر مساله پیچیده غرب فکری، به خوبی سنتگرایی جوابگوی مشکلات اخیر نیستند....
سنتگرایی مادامی که از شاخههای دم دستی و غالبا نه چندان آبدار دست چندمی تککتابی و به قول گنون سنتجو خوانده میشود اندیشه ای سخت مشکوک و
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بالاخره خوندمش!
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A sledgehammer.

"Le “Règne de la Quantité” a été épuisé avec une rapidité qui m’a surpris"
"The Reign of Quantity" has been exhausted with a speed that surprised me"
- Guénon, Correspondance with A.K. Coomaraswamy - Cairo, 5 february 1946
John Dorf
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A delightfully unbound philosophical meandering about the loss of tradition in its various manifestations as modernity has took hold of our society. Covering magic, the decline of spirituality, and the corresponding rise of industry, this piece is wildly unconforming.

Before I read it, I read the Wikipedia page and learned that it actually sold quite well upon release, which is absolutely bizarre to me because it's fundamentally incompatible with almost all modern discourse on
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To this very day, every single time I return to this book, the overwhelming feeling of depth, intellect, insight, wisdom, and knowledge give me enough fuel to go on for days and sometimes weeks.

Truly nothing short of a masterpiece.

I cannot help you by stating anything on the subject matter, for fear of limiting the breadth and spectrum of this book. It's contents are astonishingly summarized in it's own title.

I apologize before hand for the lack of high standard of choice of words in the
Aasem Bakhshi
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was my introduction to perennial wisdom and my never ending love for perennial philosophy.
Muhammad Aizzat
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
From the beginning until the end, this book is very intense and intellectually challenging. Not typical kind of book that only gives you information but it makes you think critically about what happen to us as a being, our purposes and problems in our time (just as he said about his book The Crisis of the Modern World). Yup, he definitely succeeds in changing my view on how to see the world.

Definitely, this book is like a further reading or explanation on Sayyid Naquīb Al Attās’ view on modern
Oct 12, 2007 rated it liked it
This was a required reading for my Business Ethics course, and I ended up loving it. Never thinking I would enjoy a philosophy class about Business, I was pleasantly surprised with this, and other selections for the course.
At various points throughout numerous debates with mr. Eric, I still pull this text off the shelf.

My favorite concept learned from this book is that of svadharma And I have cited it in various comp lit courses since!
Yousef Shaaban
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's seems that all what i knew and what i read before was a preparation for this work.

If this is your first book of Guenon (like me), prepare yourself for the most eye-opening, life-changing and questions-answering thing you ever read!

Despite Guenon's honesty and clarity, this is not an easy fast reading book. It took me more than a month to finish its 40 chapters (each chapter contains only 5 pages) so i can digest the treasure out of each chapter and apply it to the world around me.

Adrian Scurtu
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Pseudo-philosophy of history and misunderstading of science.
The book that changed my life, and a recommended starter book for those interested in Guenon.
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was actually written back in 1945, more than 70 Years has passed this book and the message contained herein is very prophetic. The book starts off with the foundations of his particular philosophy, showing briefly what Traditional Metaphysics understood and how Modernity has begun the process of eroding these understandings, and while it seems each chapter can be read almost stand-alone, the chapters flow seamlessly from concept to concept and chapter to chapter. By the time you get to ...more
Jerome Roberts
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really one of the most profound books I’ve ever read. A very small percentage of humanity is capable of understanding what Guénon is saying here. But then he admits this from the outset.

Not an easy book to read by any measure, but ‘you get what you pay for’ (or more accurately, you have to work hard for enlightenment of this level). If you can really understand what Guénon is saying here, you won’t be able to view the world the same again afterward. The incessant (and ultimately futile),
Roberto Toledo
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
A análise geométrica da simbologia do crucifixo é interessante mas é incrível como alguém capaz de traduzir do grego, árabe e hindu tenha tão pouco a adicionar sobre os assuntos que trata.
É um livro que se lê exatamente como essas tendências baratas new-age apesar de ser exatamente contra isso que foi escrito.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant - like all of Guenon's books. This one is especially interesting as it seems to predict the digital age by working from metaphysical principles.
Jcta Annelise
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If our contemporaries could see what it is that is guiding them and where they are really going, the modern world would at once cease to exist. The profane sciences of which the modern world is so proud are really only the degenerate residues of the ancient traditional sciences. They strive to reduce everything so that the substance of their special point of view becomes no more than the residue of an existence, emptied of all that constituted its essence; thus these pretended sciences, by ...more
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For what ails modern Man
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Published in 1927 and yet still more relevant than ever!
Nov 19, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Reign of Quantity by Rene Guenon (1972)
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Монументальный труд. Хотелось бы, что бы больше людей обладали способностью и возможностью с ним ознакомиться.

Можно перечитывать по многу раз.
Thales Carvalho
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a very deep book which I'll have to return on it throughout my life.
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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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