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The Essential Titus Burckhardt

Reflections on Sacred Art, Faiths, and Civilizations
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Paperback Book
World Wisdom
April, 2003
$28.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

The Essential Titus Burckhardt is the much-anticipated collection of writings from one of the great Perennialist authors of the 20th century, edited by the world’s foremost expert on the Burckhardt body of works, William Stoddart.

Burckhardt’s writings are characterized by (1) a profound grounding in the Perennial Philosophy and integral metaphysics, (2) a remarkable history of contacts with traditional peoples and their civilizations, (3) a true artist’s knowledge of and love for traditional art, (4) a scholar’s knowledge of diverse source materials not accessible to most modern seekers, and (5) a gifted teacher’s ability to make all of these things understandable and of deep interest to readers. This collection brings together many of Burckhardt’s most representative writings that will amply demonstrate these qualities.

Titus Burckhardt, a German Swiss, was born in Florence in 1908 and died in Lausanne in 1984. He devoted all his life to the study and exposition of the different aspects of Wisdom and Tradition.

In the age of modern science and technocracy, Burckhardt was one of the most remarkable of the exponents of universal truth, in the realm of metaphysics as well as in the realm of cosmology and of traditional art. In a world of existentialism, psychoanalysis, and sociology, he was a major voice of the philosophia perennis, that “wisdom uncreate” that is expressed in Platonism, Vedanta, Sufism, Taoism, and other authentic esoteric teachings. In literary and philosophic terms, he was an eminent member of the “traditionalist school” of 20th-century authors.

The editor of the collection, William Stoddart, is perhaps best known for his many excellent translations into English of the works of Schuon and Burckhardt.

“No one since the legendary A.K. Coomaraswamy has been able to demonstrate how entire civilizations define themselves through their art with the precision of Titus Burckhardt. This distillation of his life’s work is a precious memento.”—Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions

Publisher’s Description: 

An introduction to the thought of one of the greatest perennialist authors of the twentieth century.

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