Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret by Mark Sedgwick PDF

By Mark Sedgwick

the 1st historical past of Traditionalism, a big but unusually little-known twentieth-century anti-modern flow. Comprising a couple of usually mystery yet occasionally very influential non secular teams within the West and within the Islamic international, it affected mainstream and radical politics in Europe and the improvement of the sector of non secular stories within the usa.
within the 19th century, at a time whilst innovative intellectuals had misplaced religion in Christianity's skill to convey non secular and non secular fact, the West found non-Western spiritual writings. From those beginnings grew Traditionalism, rising from the occultist milieu of past due nineteenth-century France, and fed through the frequent lack of religion in development that the 1st global battle. operating first in Paris after which in Cairo, the French author René Guénon rejected modernity as a dismal age, and sought to reconstruct the Perennial Philosophy-- the significant spiritual truths in the back of the entire significant global religions --largely at the foundation of his interpreting of Hindu non secular texts.
a few disillusioned intellectuals spoke back to Guénon's name with makes an attempt to place thought into perform. a few tried with out luck to lead Fascism and Nazism alongside Traditionalist strains; others later participated in political terror in Italy. Traditionalism ultimately supplied the ideological cement for the alliance of anti-democratic forces in post-Soviet Russia, and on the finish of the 20 th century started to input the controversy within the Islamic global concerning the fascinating courting among Islam and modernity

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