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Frithjof Schuon and the Perennial Philosophy

Frithjof Schuon and the Perennial Philosophy

by Harry Oldmeadow


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Intended primarily as an introductory guide, this a comprehensive study of the intellectual and spiritual message of Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998), the foremost spokesman of the "Perennialist" or "Traditionalist" school of Comparative religious thought.

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ISBN-13: 9781935493099
Publisher: World Wisdom
Publication date: 04/25/2010
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword William Stoddart vii

Introduction Harry Oldmeadow xi

I Frithjof Schuon and Perennialism

1 Frithjof Schuon: A Sage for the Times 3

2 Other Perennialists 21

II Timeless Truths and Immutable Principles

3 The Five Divine Presences: Dimensions of the Real 51

4 Tradition, Traditions, and the Perennial Philosophy 68

5 The Transcendent Unity of Religions 83

6 Metaphysics: Science of the Real 104

III Religious Forms and Sacred Symbols

7 The Cycle of Abrahamic Monotheisms 125

8 Eastern Traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Heritage of the Far East 138

9 Beauty, Symbolism, Art 151

10 The Primordial Message of the Plains Indians 170

11 Frithjof Schuon's Paintings and Poetry 185

IV Signs of the Times

12 Cosmic Cycles and the Kali-Yuga 201

13 Scientism, Evolutionism, and "Progress" 214

14 Humanism, Psychologism, Culturism 236

15 Counterfeits of the Wisdom of the Ages 257

V The Spiritual Life

16 Spiritual Anthropology: Types, Caste, Race, and the Human Body 279

17 The Way: Virtue and Prayer 295


Poetic Fragments by Frithjof Schuon 310

"The Perennial Philosophy" by Frithjof Schuon 312

Select Schuon Bibliography 319

List of Sources 324

Acknowledgments 337

Index 338

Biographical Notes 346

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