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More than 30 of Swiss philosopher Schuon's (1907-98) works on various religious and philosophical subjects have been translated into English. Cutsinger's (theology & religious thought, Univ. of South Carolina) translation is based on the French edition of a work first published in 1953. It is composed of reflections and extracts from letters and notes gathered by related subject matter into chapters. One chapter is devoted to the Hindu school of philosophy known as the Vedanta, while the rest cover a range of thought. Schuon's writing isn't for the casual reader. If your readership isn't ready to process statements like "When bhaktibecomes exoteric intellection becomes more and more excluded and is replaced by a moral individualism, which tends to be sufficient in itself," this isn't a book for your collection. The sensibilities of the 1950s world show through at some points, with comments on the Germanic mind or how Asians or Negroes think. This translation includes a short appendix of selections from Schuon's previously unpublished writings. Suitable for religion or philosophy collections in academic libraries.