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To Have a Center: A New Translation with Selected Letters
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To Have a Center: A New Translation with Selected Letters
To Have a Center: A New Translation with Selected Letters
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Comparative Religion
Cosmology
Esoterism
Metaphysics
Perennial Philosophy
Spiritual Life
Tradition

Price:  $19.95

ISBN:  978-1-936597-44-4
Book Size:  6" x 9"
# of Pages:  224
Language:  English



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In this new edition of his powerfully original work, Schuon covers an array of metaphysical, cosmological, and anthropological subjects. In the book’s signature essay, entitled “To Have a Center”, the author surveys the ambiguous phenomenon of modern genius, showing how Western humanistic society has replaced the time-honored veneration of the saint and the hero with the cult of individualistic “genius”. In other notable essays, Schuon deals with the relation between intelligence and character, the distinction between historical Gnosticism and pure gnosis, the degrees and dimensions of theism, the spiritual messages of David, Shankara, and Honen, and the symbolism of Plains Indian vestments

This revised edition, containing over 65 pages of new material, features a fully revised translation from the French original as well as previously unpublished selections from Schuon’s letters and other private writings. Also included are editor’s notes, a glossary of foreign terms, and an index.
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In this new edition of his powerfully original work, Schuon covers an array of metaphysical, cosmological, and anthropological subjects. In the book’s signature essay, entitled “To Have a Center”, the author surveys the ambiguous phenomenon of modern genius, showing how Western humanistic society has replaced the time-honored veneration of the saint and the hero with the cult of individualistic “genius”. In other notable essays, Schuon deals with the relation between intelligence and character, the distinction between historical Gnosticism and pure gnosis, the degrees and dimensions of theism, the spiritual messages of David, Shankara, and Honen, and the symbolism of Plains Indian vestments

This revised edition, containing over 65 pages of new material, features a fully revised translation from the French original as well as previously unpublished selections from Schuon’s letters and other private writings. Also included are editor’s notes, a glossary of foreign terms, and an index.

Frithjof Schuon is best known as the foremost spokesman of the Perennial Philosophy and as a philosopher in the metaphysical current of Shankara and Plato. Schuon was born in 1907 in Basle, Switzerland, of German parents and died in the United States in 1998.

Harry Oldmeadow was Coordinator of Philosophy and Religious Studies at La Trobe University Bendigo, Australia, until his recent retirement. He is a prolific and well-respected author on the Perennialist school of comparative religion. Dr. Oldmeadow lives in Australia.


The Author and Editor of “To Have a Center”

Frithjof Schuon

Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) is best known as the foremost spokesman of the “Traditionalist” or “Perennialist” school and as a philosopher in the metaphysical current of Shankara and Plato. He wrote more than two dozen books on metaphysical, spiritual, artistic, and ethnic themes and was a regular contributor to journals on comparative religion in both Europe and America. Schuon’s writings have been consistently featured and reviewed in a wide range of scholarly and philosophical publications around the world, respected by both scholars and spiritual authorities. Besides his prose writings, Schuon was also a prolific poet (see a listing of Schuon's poetry books) and a gifted painter of images that always portrayed the beauty and power of the divine, and the nobility and virtue of primordial humanity.

World Wisdom features a series titled "The Writings of Frithjof Schuon", which includes many new editions of classic books by Schuon in new translations and with additional materials. Our online Library contains many articles and poems written by Frithjof Schuon, allowing readers to see a representative sample of his remarkable body of work.

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Harry Oldmeadow

Harry Oldmeadow was co-ordinator of Philosophy and Religious Studies at La Trobe University in Australia and author of the acclaimed Traditionalism: Religion in the Light of the Perennial Philosophy (2000), an authoritative introduction to the perspective of Perennialism. Prof. Oldmeadow's contributions to World Wisdom books & DVDs includes:
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Reviews of “To Have a Center”

“Translated from the French, this collection of essays on the philosophy of religion reflects the author’s search for a sense of the spiritual in all of human life. . . . This is a very challenging and scholarly work for all seeking the Sophia Perennis, ‘the timeless metaphysical truth underlying the diverse religions.’”
—from a review in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries



“By the power and transparency of its thought—faithful echo of a suprahuman teaching—[this book] is truly a ‘light on the way’ for the discerning reader.”
Jean Hani, author of Sacred Royalty and The Black Virgin


The Contents of “To Have a Center”

    Editor’s Preface
    Foreword

    Part One: Integral Anthropology
  • To Have a Center
  • Overview of Anthropology
  • Intelligence and Character
  • The Primacy of Intellection
  • Gnosis Is Not Just Anything

    Part Two: Ontology and Cosmology
  • Universal Categories
  • Concerning an Onto-Cosmological Ambiguity


  • Part Three: Spiritual Perspectives
  • Degrees and Dimensions of Theism
  • “Our Father Who Art in Heaven”
  • David, Shankara, Honen
  • Fundamental Keys


  • Part Four: Various Subjects
  • On the Art of Translating
  • Message of a Vestimentary Art
  • Concerning a Question of Astronomy
  • Part Four: Various Subjects
  • On the Art of Translating
  • Message of a Vestimentary Art
  • Concerning a Question of Astronomy


  • Appendix
  • Selections from Letters and Other Previously Unpublished Writings
  • Editor’s Notes
  • Glossary of Foreign Terms and Phrases
  • Index
  • Biographical Notes




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