The Spiritist Fallacy
Many readers of Guénon’s doctrinal works have hoped for translations of his two detailed exposes of Theosophy and Spiritism. Sophia Perennis is pleased to make available both these important titles. Whereas Theosophy: History of a Pseudo-Religion centers primarily on historical details, The Spiritist Fallacy, though packed also with arcane facts, is unique in revealing how one of the greatest metaphysicians of our age interprets the phenomena, real or alleged, of Spiritism.
The doctrinal expositions that accompany his astonishing account offer extraordinarily prescient insight into many deviations and ‘psychological’ afflictions of the modern mind, and will be as valuable to psychological practitioners and spiritual counselors as to historians of esoteric history. It also offers a profound corrective to the many brands of New Age ‘therapy’ that all too unwittingly invoke many of the same elements whose nefarious origins Guénon so clearly described many years ago.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: DISTINCTIONS AND NECESSARY PRECISIONS
Definition of Spiritism—The Origins of Spiritism—Beginnings of Spiritism in France—The Modern Character of Spiritism—Spiritism and OccultismvSpiritism and Psychism—Explanation of Spiritist Phenomena
PART TWO: EXAMINATION OF SPIRITIST THEORIES
The Variety of Spiritist Schools—The Influence of the Milieu—Immortality and Survival—Representations of the Afterlife—Communication with the Dead—Reincarnation—Reincarnationist Extravagances—The Limits of Experimentation—Spiritist Evolutionism—The Question of Satanism—Seers and Healers—Antoinism—Spiritist Propaganda—The Dangers of Spiritism—Conclusion
The Collected Works of René Guénon brings together the writings of one of the greatest prophets of our time, whose voice is even more important today than when he was alive.
Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions
If during the last century or so there has been even some slight revival of awareness in the Western world of what is meant by metaphysics and metaphysical tradition, the credit for it must go above all to Guénon. At a time when the confusion into which modern Western thought had fallen was such that it threatened to obliterate the few remaining traces of genuine spiritual knowledge from the minds and hearts of his contemporaries, Guénon, virtually single-handed, took it upon himself to reaffirm the values and principles which, he recognized, constitute the only sound basis for the living of a human life with dignity and purpose or for the formation of a civilization worthy of the name.
Philip Sherrard, Christianity: Lineaments of a Sacred Tradition