Essays on Perennial Philosophy

ACCORDING to the famous English author, Aldous Huxley (1894–1963), seekers of the Perennial Philosophy are not interested in the social environment for “its progressiveness or non-progressiveness (whatever those terms may mean), but the degree to which it helps or hinders individuals in their advance towards man’s final end.” The philosophia perennis, to use the Latin term, has its roots in the Neoplatonist ideas of Greek thinkers such as Plotinus (204/5–270), Porphyry (234–305) and Iamblichus (245–325). Undergoing something of a revival in the first half of the twentieth century, particularly under the auspices of the Traditionalist School, this belief in an Absolute whose primordial roots can be located within many of the world’s main religions has fascinated men such as Ananda Coomaraswamy (1877-1947), René Guénon (1886–1951), Julius Evola (1898–1974) and Frithjof Schuon (1907–1998) for many centuries. The idea of a timeless spirituality which unites all metaphysical beliefs at the most fundamental level does not involve the application of an insipid ecumenicalism as a means to achieve the creation of a syncretic global religion, on the contrary, as Mircea Eliade (1907–1986) explains people “acquire their reality, their identity, only to the extent of their participation in a transcendent reality.” The importance, therefore, lies in making a crucial distinction between the Sacred and the Profane. In this engaging new study, a group of writers and poets – both new and established – examine the ramifications of the Perennial Philosophy in light of the continuing encroachment of the modern world. Chapters include Anti-Tradition in the Age of Iron (Troy Southgate), The Eternal Strife Between the Earth and the World: A Collision Between the Real and the Illusory (Von Sanngetall), Ode to Evola (Richard J. Levy), Eliade on Perennial Religion and Time (K. R. Bolton), The Primordial and the Consequential: Alfred North Whitehead and the Idea of a Dipolar God (Troy Southgate), Jordan B. Peterson: Challenging Postmodernism by Channelling Modernity (Arslan Akhtar), The Illusion of Democracy (Troy Southgate), The Christ Myth as a Manifestation of Perennialism in Antiquity (Keith Preston), What’s Past is Poetry: Poetic Wisdom in History (Julio Cesar Pino), Flame Without Fire: A Brief Exposition of the Flamma Non Urens (Troy Southgate), Perennial Philosophy and Christian Myths and Mysticism (J. M. Franco), Friedrich Schelling: Herald of the Philosophia Perennis (Troy Southgate) and Blessed Mother Goddess: Syncretism in Mariology and Marian Veneration Cults (Sean Jobst).

Troy Southgate

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Von Sanngetall

My Mystical Path devoted to the Acephalic God. The body and mind can be a nexion for the Dark Gods. Joy before Death! 333!

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