René Guenon: A Teacher for Modern Times
Edmonds, Washington: Holmes Publishing Group LLC, 1994. First edition. Pamphlet. Stapled wraps, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 36 pp. Faint smudging to wraps and 3.5 x 1 inch former sticker stain to bottom of inside front wrap, else fine. Item #61
Julius Evola’s (1898–1974) summary of, and tribute to, the work and thought of René Guenon (1886–1951). Guenon was a French intellectual, metaphysician, writer, and editor who is widely credited with laying the foundations for the Traditionalist (or Perennialist) school of thought in the early twentieth century. Guenon’s thought and works are characterized by a foundational critique of the modern world together with an appeal for intellectual reform, which he sought to realize through a renewed examination of metaphysics, symbolic thought, and the traditional sciences, emphasizing throughout the unity of religious and spiritual traditions. Guenon authored numerous books and articles, among his most notable and enduring being The Crisis of the Modern World (La crise du monde modern), published in 1927, and his magnum opus, The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times (Le règne de la quantité et les signes des temps), published in 1945. Evola was an Italian philosopher and artist who was also affiliated with the Traditionalist school throughout much of his life, and whose thought was influenced by the works of Guenon. This pamphlet reprints Evola’s tribute to Guenon and traces the development of Guenon’s thought and his opposition to modernity.