Frithjof Schuon and the Perennial Philosophy

Frithjof Schuon and the Perennial Philosophy

by Harry Oldmeadow, William Stoddart

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This is the first comprehensive study of the intellectual and spiritual message of world-renowned philosopher Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998), the foremost spokesman of the “Perennialist” or “Traditionalist” school of comparative religious thought. Intended primarily as an introductory guide to Schuon’s writings, Harry Oldmeadow’s book focuses on Schuon’s exposition of metaphysics and the “transcendent unity of religions”, his presentation of the religious traditions of East and West (including the spiritual heritage of the American Indians), his criticism of the modern world, and his views on sacred art and beauty. Also included is an overview of Schuon's paintings and poetry, as well as his insights on prayer and virtue in the spiritual life. This ground-breaking work provides the general reader with a coherent and systematic account of the Perennial Philosophy and covers all aspects of Schuon’s work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935493600
Publisher: World Wisdom
Publication date: 08/19/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 376
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Harry Oldmeadow is Coordinator of Religious Studies at La Trobe University Bendigo. His previous publications include Journeys East: 20th Century Western Encounters with Eastern Religious Traditions and The Betrayal of Tradition: Essays on the Spiritual Crisis of Modernity. He lives in Mandurang in Central Victoria, Australia.

William Stoddart is the author of numerous books and articles on spiritual and metaphysical themes. His books have been widely acclaimed for their clarity and dependability. He lives in Canada.

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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