René Guénon

René Guénon (1886-1951)

René Guénon is considered to be the founder of the Traditionalist School. It is also known as the Perennial Philosophy or the Primordial Tradition. It posits a transcendent unity from which all spiritual teachings derive. I have always thought of it as a similar to Comparative Religion, except that it works from above rather than from below.

Guénon's work was translated into English in a set of 24 volumes by Sophia Perennis. These works have inspired a wide range of students. These include Julius Evola (by far the most significant), Ananda Coomaraswamy, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, and Frithjof Schuon.

☉ in ♐ : ☽ in ♓ : Anno IVxx æræ novæ