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A generation ago, he won much acclaim for producing and publish Titus Burckhardt was Swiss and an eminent member of the traditionalist school. A generation ago, he won much acclaim for producing and publishing the first successful, full-scale facsimiles of the Book of Kells and other ancient manuscripts. In more recent years, he acted as a specialist advisor to UNESCO, with particular reference to the preservation of the unique architectural heritage of Fez, which was then in danger.
The present volume is a complete collection of Burckhardt s essays, originally published in a variety of German and French journals. They range from modern science in its various forms, through Christianity and Islam, to symbolism and mythology. It is a rich collection. Burckhardt blends an accessible style with a penetrating insight. He interprets the metaphysical, cosmological, and symbolic dimensions of these sacred traditions from the perspective of timeless, spiritual wisdom.
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Sort order. Dec 20, A. Very good posthumous article collection. Interesting to note that during the same year where this collection was released, Wolfgang Smith also released a book on the same topics Cosmos and Transcendence. The latter, concerning Modern Psychology, deserved to be expa Very good posthumous article collection.
The latter, concerning Modern Psychology, deserved to be expanded into a full book Concerning this chapter, Burckhardt himself said, as a summary : "Frithjof Schuon, after reading the present chapter, sent me the following reflections in writing: 'People generally see in Jungism, as compared with Freudism, a step towards reconciliation with the traditional spiritualities, but this is in no wise the case.
From this point of view, the only difference is that, whereas Freud boasted of being an irreconcilable enemy of religion, Jung sympathizes with it while emptying it of its contents, which he replaces by collective psychism, that is to say by something infra-intellectual and therefore anti-spiritual.
Mirror of the Intellect: Essays on the Traditional Science and Sacred Art
In this there is an immense danger for the ancient spiritualities, whose representatives, especially in the East, are too often lacking in critical sense with regard to the Modern spirit, and this by reason of a complex of ''rehabilitation"; also it is not with much surprise, though with grave disquiet, that one has come across echoes of this kind from Japan, where the psychoanalyst's "equilibrium" has been compared to the satori of Zen; and there is little doubt that it would be easy to meet with similar confusions in India and elsewhere.
Be that as it may, the confusions in question are greatly favoured by the almost universal refusal of people to see the devil and to call him by his name, in other words, by a kind of tacit convention compounded of optimism to order, tolerance that in reality hates truth, and compulsory alignment with scientism and official taste, without forgetting "culture", which swallows everything and commits one to nothing, except complicity in its neutralism; to which must be added a no less universal and quasi-official contempt for whatever is, we will not say intellectualist, but truly intellectual, and therefore tainted, in people's minds, with dogmatism, scholasticism, fanaticism, and prejudice.
All this goes hand in hand with the psychologism of our time and is in large measure its result.
Similarly, the spider appears simultaneously with its prey and with its faculty of weaving already developed. Dec 04, Safiya rated it it was amazing Shelves: titus-burckhardt.
Honestly, I enjoyed reading this book, as it was deconstructing and reconstructing numerous "concepts", "symbols" and "notions" in my head. Especially, for the Moslem architecture related articles as the book is a collection of Burckhardt's aricles , wherein the meaning of Islamic art in general transcends the individualistic and quantitative point of view, to a qualitative, and universal one, in order to manifest the principle of Unity that the Islam encompasses.
And maybe my second best articl Honestly, I enjoyed reading this book, as it was deconstructing and reconstructing numerous "concepts", "symbols" and "notions" in my head. And maybe my second best article is " Concerning the Barzakh" islamic themes , connecting it with the Universal Man. Oct 10, Omar Zein rated it it was amazing. Burckhardt has most eloquently elaborated how intellect is the one common source that feeds the various symbols of mysticism.
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