Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret by Mark Sedgwick

By Mark Sedgwick

the 1st heritage of Traditionalism, a big but unusually little-known twentieth-century anti-modern move. Comprising a few usually mystery yet occasionally very influential non secular teams within the West and within the Islamic global, it affected mainstream and radical politics in Europe and the improvement of the sector of non secular experiences within the United States.
In the 19th century, at a time whilst innovative intellectuals had misplaced religion in Christianity's skill to bring non secular and religious fact, the West found non-Western spiritual writings. From those beginnings grew Traditionalism, rising from the occultist milieu of past due nineteenth-century France, and fed by means of the common lack of religion in development that the 1st international conflict. operating first in Paris after which in Cairo, the French author René Guénon rejected modernity as a gloomy age, and sought to reconstruct the Perennial Philosophy-- the primary non secular truths at the back of all of the significant global religions --largely at the foundation of his interpreting of Hindu spiritual texts.
A variety of upset intellectuals spoke back to Guénon's name with makes an attempt to place thought into perform. a few tried with out luck to lead Fascism and Nazism alongside Traditionalist traces; others later participated in political terror in Italy. Traditionalism eventually supplied the ideological cement for the alliance of anti-democratic forces in post-Soviet Russia, and on the finish of the 20 th century started to input the controversy within the Islamic global in regards to the fascinating courting among Islam and modernity

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