Remembering René Guénon:
November 15, 1886 to January 7, 1951
René Guénon was born on this day in 1886. Along with Julius Evola, Guénon was one of the leading figures in the Traditionalist school, which has deeply influenced my own outlook and the metapolitical mission and editorial agenda of Counter-Currents Publishing and North American New Right.
In commemoration of his birth, I wish to draw your attention to the following works on this website.
- Julius Evola, “René Guénon: East and West,” trans. anonymous, rev. Greg Johnson
- Edouard Rix, “Remembering René Guénon,” trans. Greg Johnson
- Harry Oldmeadow, “Biography of René Guénon”
- Thomas F. Bertonneau, “The Kali Yuga: René Guénon’s Critique of Modernity”
This relative handful of articles does not give a true sense of Guénon’s importance, for along with Evola, Nietzsche, and Spengler, he is also one of the most widely mentioned thinkers on this site. It is a presence, and an influence, that will only grow in time.
Those looking for an introduction to Guénon’s work should begin with the short and relatively accessible The Crisis of the Modern World. For a judicious overview of Guénon’s works, see The Essential René Guénon: Metaphysics, Tradition, and the Crisis of Modernity. My personal favorite among Guénon’s books, and the one the provides the most “empirical” access to the idea of Tradition, is Symbols of Sacred Science.
For a brief biography of Guénon, see Robin Waterfield René Guénon and the Future of the West: The Life and Writings of a 20th-Century Metaphysician. For an interesting and readable historical/journalistic account of Traditionalism, see Mark Sedgwick, Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century.
Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 534 Interview with Alexander Adams
Notes on Strauss & Husserl
Remembering Oswald Spengler (May 29, 1880-May 8, 1936)
Remembering Louis-Ferdinand Céline (May 27, 1894–July 1, 1961)
Nueva Derecha vs. Vieja Derecha Capítulo 1: Política y Metapolítica
Remembering Richard Wagner (May 22, 1813-February 13, 1883)
Remembering Dominique Venner (April 16, 1935–May 21, 2013)
Remembering Julius Evola (May 19, 1898–June 11, 1974)
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Thanks for this brief introduction to Guénon. I’m looking forward to check this articles.
I find it somewhat odd that you list Guenon as a major influence for this site, as Guenon certainly would have been deeply opposed to the Nietzschean world view. Other than the works of Evola, I don’t think Guenon would have endorsed or appreciated any of the titles put out by counter currents. I’d be more interested to see how you think his influence on the new right will grow in time.
I am endorsing Guenon, not the opposite.
He has a weird countenance.
Yes,his long drawn face combined with his low forehead gives him a strange “horse-like” appearance.His slightly mongolian looking eyes only enhance the strangeness of his face.
Anyone interested should read Crisis of the Modern World. It would be absurd to call yourself a “radical traditionalist” and disagree with his central thesis.
a spiritual master. thanks greg, well done.
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