René Guénon

Harry Oldmeadow

When reminded of the people who had been profoundly influenced by his writings he calmly replied, “…such disposition becomes a homage rendered to the doctrine expressed by us in a way which is totally independent of any individualistic consideration.” Like Coomaraswamy, Guénon certainly did not see himself building a new philosophy or creating a new school of thought. If it is sometimes necessary to speak of the traditionalist “school” this is, from a traditionalist viewpoint, merely an expedient… It was his role to remind a forgetful world, ‘in a way that can be ignored but not refuted’, of first principles and to restore a lost sense of the Absolute.”

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This essay appeared in the 1995 edition of Guénon’s The Reign of Quantity, Sophia Perennis et Universalis, New York.