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Remembering René Guénon:
November 15, 1886–January 7, 1951

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René Guénon was born on November 15, 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. (For a sense of my differences with Guénon, see my lecture on “Vico and the New Right.”)

In commemoration of his birth, I wish to draw your attention to the following works on this website.

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 and Paul Chacornac’s The Simple Life of René Guénon. 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.

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3 Comments

  1. ECJr
    Posted November 15, 2020 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Remember thinking that his speculative Orientalist tendencies, a la Nerval, were due to being named after a monkey.

  2. Donald Quixote
    Posted November 15, 2020 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Ever so poignant is Guénon’s prescience that he should be recognized as leading the charge to raise awareness to the then “woke” memes – that time was (only) linear, that forward and progress is the only direction of humanity, that “modernity” and all of its vices must be benign, many readers still find currency and relevance in his insightfulness.

  3. Rob Bottom
    Posted November 16, 2020 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    That is one dysgenic looking mofo.

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