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Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century

Mark Sedgwick


Explores the history and doctrines of Traditionalism, a movement established by Ren” Gu”non in the 1920s, and later developed further by Julius Evola (in politics), Frithjof Schuon (in religion), and Mircea Eliade (in academia). Traditionalism sees modernity as terminal decline from traditional metaphysical truth, and attempts to remedy this at both a personal and societal level. All responses depend on the recovery of lost tradition, notably of the “perennial philosophy.” Personal responses are generally religious, and Sufism (mystical Islam) was the most important of these, followed by Freem ... More

Keywords: tradition, modernity, Guénon, Schuon, Evola, Eliade, Sufism, Masonry, fascism, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195152975
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195152972.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Sedgwick, author
American University in Cairo
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