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The Reign of Quantity gives a concise but comprehensive view of the present state of affairs in the world, as it appears from the point of view of the 'ancient wisdom', formerly common both to the East and to the West, but now almost entirely lost sight of. The author indicates with his fabled clarity and directness the precise nature of the modern deviation, and devotes sThe Reign of Quantity gives a concise but comprehensive view of the present state of affairs in the world, as it appears from the point of view of the 'ancient wisdom', formerly common both to the East and to the West, but now almost entirely lost sight of. The author indicates with his fabled clarity and directness the precise nature of the modern deviation, and devotes special attention to the development of modern philosophy and science, and to the part played by them, with their accompanying notions of progress and evolution, in the formation of the industrial and democratic society which we now regard as 'normal'. Guénon sees history as a descent from Form (or Quality) toward Matter (or Quantity); but after the Reign of Quantity-modern materialism and the 'rise of the masses'- Guénon predicts a reign of 'inverted quality' just before the end of the age: the triumph of the 'counter-initiation', the kingdom of Antichrist. This text is considered the magnum opus among Guénon's texts of civilizational criticism, as is Symbols of Sacred Science among his studies on symbols and cosmology, and Man and His Becoming according to the Vedanta among his more purely metaphysical works....

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  • Matthew W
    2019-03-13 22:51

    René Guénon is like the Oswald Spengler of metaphysics. My interest Guénon comes from the fact that he was a huge influence (and one of the most important teachers) on Julius Evola, a fellow traditionalist. "The Reign of Quantity" is written in a very assertive and "no bullshit" manner as if René Guénon were the metaphysical prophet of Western decline (and Kali Yuga), which he pretty much is. Due to René Guénon's writing "tone", many would probably be put off when immediately reading his work for the first time, a writer one either "loves" or "hates." My only problem with the work is that a lot of René Guénon's claims are virtually impossible to verify, although I think his general message of the world being on it's final cycle to be correct.

  • François B
    2019-03-02 03:38

    This work is far from an easy read. There isn't much of a reason to read it if one intends on rushing through it. I mostly read it one chapter a day, sometimes two, and then digest. Guénon's prose is fairly typical of the French writing style and thus you must be able to tolerate long run on sentences to enjoy reading the work without it feeling like too much of a chore.The translation is very good and leaves nothing to be desired. Guénon pulls from a vast range of traditions, has a very impressive grasp of how they fit together and his analysis is astounding. It's even more so when one thinks about him writing this in 1945 and how "prophetic" his insight has proved itself to be when reading it through the "lenses" of today's world.His critique of "scientism" is spot on and his predictions concerning this "scientistic" philosophy have worked themselves out to this day in the very ways he describes. I found these chapters especially interesting since it felt like I was reading a modern critic here and now in 2015.I emphatically recommend this work.

  • Goofy Gazzar
    2019-03-25 21:23

    This is one of the profound books , written by a human , that i ever came across. I am speechless and cannot find words to describe how essential this writings to our human race and , indeed above all, to one's self. Its is usually not easy to follow Guénon specially with a translated book, and more specifically on a complicated subject like this one, so if i may ever advice i would say ( and that is what i done from an advice ) to start first by reading his work " The East and West , then The Crisis of modern world, then perhaps you may be ready to start on The reign of Quantity . Yet i would need to read it again and again to catch it. We are indeed in the KaliYoga reign in which almost every notion, every terminology, every matter is in a counter irremediable state , and in best cases is deviated and distorted.

  • Jason
    2019-02-28 01:52

    This book has affected me too much to review it, and I'm still digesting it. Remind me to give it a proper review in a year or two.

  • A.
    2019-02-27 03:35

    A sledgehammer."Le “Règne de la Quantité” a été épuisé avec une rapidité qui m’a surpris""The Reign of Quantity" has been exhausted with a speed that surprised me" - Guénon, Correspondance with A.K. Coomaraswamy - Cairo, 5 february 1946

  • Yanon
    2019-03-19 23:27

    بلاخره بار دوم خواندن کتاب سیطره کمیت و علائم آخرزمان رنه گنون تمام شد. سنت‌گرایی در معنای اصیل‌ش به واقع یک دین است. یک جهان‌بینی کامل که توضیح بسیاری از مشکلات نو و تشریح کیفیات سنت را بهتر از هر تلاش دیگری در خود دارد. حتی نهادهای کلاسیک ادیان به دلیل عدم برخورد نزدیک با جهان نو و به طور مشخص‌تر مساله پیچیده غرب فکری، به خوبی سنت‌گرایی جواب‌گوی مشکلات اخیر نیستند.... سنت‌گرایی مادامی که از شاخه‌های دم دستی و غالبا نه چندان آب‌دار دست چندمی تک‌کتابی و به قول گنون سنت‌جو خوانده می‌شود اندیشه ای سخت مشکوک و تردیدپذیر است؛ درست به همان اندازه که خواندن از تنه‌های تنومندی مانند گنون دل‌پذیر. پیش از خواندن گنون، حتی مقالات گاه‌به‌گاه شوان نمی‌توانست تصویری روشن و البته احترام‌برانگیز از سنت‌گرایی را این چنین برای م ایجاد کند. حالا سرچشمه بسیاری از اندیشه‌های انتقادی اصیل داخلی و افتراق بسیاری از اندیشه‌های دست دوم داخلی را بهتر می‌فهمم.... شاید اگر سنت‌گرایی به معنای دقیق‌تر مورد نظر خود گنون یعنی دین‌مداری به نقد و بررسی عالمان آگاه نهادهای رسمی دین هم درآید نتیجه راه‌گشاتر از امروز باشد.... خواندن کتاب سیطره کمیت و علائم آخرزمان رنه گنون - که نام‌ش برای غیرمطلعین سخت فریب‌ناک است - را به همه علاقه‌مندان فلسفه، فلسفه غرب، حکمت، تاریخ، تاریخ ادیان، مطالعات تطبیقی و حتی آن‌ها که از خواندن یک متن پیوسته استخوان‌دار لذت می‌برند توصیه می‌کنم.

  • Taha rabbani
    2019-03-06 01:29

    بالاخره خوندمش!

  • Kate
    2019-03-07 03:50

    This was a required reading for my Business Ethics course, and I ended up loving it. Never thinking I would enjoy a philosophy class about Business, I was pleasantly surprised with this, and other selections for the course. At various points throughout numerous debates with mr. Eric, I still pull this text off the shelf. My favorite concept learned from this book is that ofsvadharmaAnd I have cited it in various comp lit courses since!

  • Aasem Bakhshi
    2019-03-24 21:49

    It was my introduction to perennial wisdom and my never ending love for perennial philosophy.

  • Avery
    2019-03-03 04:24

    The book that changed my life, and a recommended starter book for those interested in Guenon.

  • Yousef Shaaban
    2019-03-13 01:41

    It's seems that all what i knew and what i read before was a preparation for this work.If this is your first book of Guenon (like me), prepare yourself for the most eye-opening, life-changing and questions-answering thing you ever read!Despite Guenon's honesty and clarity, this is not an easy fast reading book. It took me more than a month to finish its 40 chapters (each chapter contains only 5 pages) so i can digest the treasure out of each chapter and apply it to the world around me.

  • E.J.
    2019-03-10 02:49

    Brilliant - like all of Guenon's books. This one is especially interesting as it seems to predict the digital age by working from metaphysical principles.

  • Istvan
    2019-03-12 00:50

    Néhány elvet elkap a szerző, de nagyon elvont, matematikai a stílusa, látszik rajta, hogy köszönőviszonyban sincs a valósággal, valamint a végletekig elitista. Julius Evolát sokkal többe nézem.

  • علي
    2019-03-05 04:45

    To this very day, every single time I return to this book, the overwhelming feeling of depth, intellect, insight, wisdom, and knowledge give me enough fuel to go on for days and sometimes weeks. Truly nothing short of a masterpiece. I cannot help you by stating anything on the subject matter, for fear of limiting the breadth and spectrum of this book. It's contents are astonishingly summarized in it's own title. I apologize before hand for the lack of high standard of choice of words in the coming sentence, but I have received more "mental hard-ons" from this book that I care to count. Hardly can I state many pivotal moments in my life that are landmarks to which I can say: before this pivot I was a certain way and after it I am another. This book, and René 's work in general, easily constitute several of those pivots.

  • Jcta Annelise
    2019-03-09 00:45

    If our contemporaries could see what it is that is guiding them and where they are really going, the modern world would at once cease to exist. The profane sciences of which the modern world is so proud are really only the degenerate residues of the ancient traditional sciences. They strive to reduce everything so that the substance of their special point of view becomes no more than the residue of an existence, emptied of all that constituted its essence; thus these pretended sciences, by leaving aside all that is truly essential, prove themselves incapable of furnishing the explanation of anything whatsoever.

  • Reem
    2019-02-24 04:28

    For what ails modern Man

  • Sila
    2019-03-19 02:22

    Published in 1927 and yet still more relevant than ever!

  • Lisa
    2019-03-23 03:46

    Reign of Quantity by Rene Guenon (1972)

  • Stavrogin
    2019-02-27 21:32

    Монументальный труд. Хотелось бы, что бы больше людей обладали способностью и возможностью с ним ознакомиться.Можно перечитывать по многу раз.

  • Thales Carvalho
    2019-03-15 00:46

    It's a very deep book which I'll have to return on it throughout my life.