Logic and Transcendence: A New Translation with Selected Letters [NOOK Book]

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Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) is the foremost representative of the “Traditionalist” or “Perennialist” school of comparative religious thought. This new edition of Logic and Transcendence, his most important philosophical work, is a fully revised translation from the French original and contains an extensive Appendix with previously unpublished selections from Schuon’s letters and other private writings. Logic and Transcendence contains chapters devoted to specifically philosophical questions such as the ...
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Overview

Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) is the foremost representative of the “Traditionalist” or “Perennialist” school of comparative religious thought. This new edition of Logic and Transcendence, his most important philosophical work, is a fully revised translation from the French original and contains an extensive Appendix with previously unpublished selections from Schuon’s letters and other private writings. Logic and Transcendence contains chapters devoted to specifically philosophical questions such as the contradiction of relativism, the notion of the concrete and abstract, and the limitations of rationalism; it also contains some of Schuon’s most succinct theological discussions concerning both Christian and Islamic theology. The last part of the book turns to diverse questions of the spiritual life, including a discussion of the function of the spiritual master and concludes with a study of man and certitude.
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Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) is the foremost representative of the “perennialist” or “traditionalist” school of comparative religious thought, well-known for its espousal of the “transcendent unity of religions.” Schuon is the author of over thirty books on metaphysics, comparative religion, art, philosophy, poetry, and spirituality.

James S. Cutsinger is an author, editor, and teacher whose writings focus primarily on Perennialism and the theology and spirituality of the Christian East. He is professor of Theology and Religious Thought at the University of South Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface ix

Introduction 1

The Contradiction of Relativism 6

Abuse of the Ideas of the Concrete and the Abstract 16

Rationalism Real and Apparent 28

Concerning Proofs of God 48

The Argument from Substance 64

Evidence and Mystery 72

Oriental Dialectic and Its Roots in Faith 97

The Demiurge in North American Mythology 131

The Alchemy of the Sentiments 138

The Symbolism of the Hourglass 143

The Problem of Qualifications 150

Implications of the Love of God 163

Understanding and Believing 171

The Servant and Union 181

The Nature and Function of the Spiritual Master 189

The Delivered One and the Divine Image 199

Truths and Errors Concerning Beauty 207

The Vow of Dharmakara 217

Man and Certainty 226

Appendix: Selections from Letters and Other Previously Unpublished Writings 235

The Theological and Metaphysical Ambiguity of the Word Ex 249

Editor's Notes 253

Glossary of Foreign Terms and Phrases 283

Index 295

Biographical Notes 307

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