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Against the Modern WorldTraditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century$
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Mark Sedgwick

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195152972.001.0001

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(p.21) 1 Traditionalism
Against the Modern World

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This chapter contains Ren” Gu”non’s biography from the First World War until 1927. Through a survey of his major writings, all of which were published during this period, the chapter explains the essentials of the Traditionalist philosophy, and its debt to a Renaissance Perennialist, Marsilio Ficino. The chapter also introduces Gu”non’s earliest collaborators, of whom the most important was an unusual Boston art historian, Ananda Coomaraswamy. They also included Gu”non’s publisher, an early and devoted disciple, and various Catholic figures, notably the antiquarian Louis Charbonneau-Lassay and the philosopher Jacques Maritain. The chapter ends with a discussion of the enthusiastic reception given Gu”non’s work in certain French literary and artistic circles.

Keywords:   Renaissance, Ficino, art, Coomaraswamy, Catholicism, Maritain

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