Spiritual Perspectives and Human Facts: A New Translation with Selected Letters

Spiritual Perspectives and Human Facts: A New Translation with Selected Letters

by Frithjof Schuon
     
 

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This new edition of philosopher Frithjof Schuon’s classic Spiritual Perspectives and Human Facts is a fully revised translation of the French edition, and contains a new extensive appendix of previously unpublished selections from Schuon’s letters and other private writings related to the topics covered in the chapters. Schuon, the foremost representative

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This new edition of philosopher Frithjof Schuon’s classic Spiritual Perspectives and Human Facts is a fully revised translation of the French edition, and contains a new extensive appendix of previously unpublished selections from Schuon’s letters and other private writings related to the topics covered in the chapters. Schuon, the foremost representative of the Perennialist school of comparative religious thought, writes on an extraordinary range of subjects, including the limitations of modern civilization and its modes of thought, the role of aesthetics and symbolism in art and nature, the “way of love” and the “way of knowledge” in religion, and the Hindu Vedanta. Of particular interest are the groundbreaking sections on the interplay between love, knowledge and universal virtue in spiritual life.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

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.
—Eric Norton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935493372
Publisher:
World Wisdom
Publication date:
06/26/2007
Series:
The Writings of Frithjof Schuon Series
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
296
File size:
781 KB

Meet the Author

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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