Revolt Against the Modern World has ratings and 34 reviews. Chris said: Revolt Against the Modern World by Julius Evola is a book so breathtaking, so. With unflinching gaze and uncompromising intensity Julius Evola analyzes the spiritual and cultural malaise at the heart of Western civilization and all that. REVOLT AGAINST THE MODERN WORLD. A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO Julius EVOLA. He sees it as the highest of devotions, precisely because it places .
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In what many consider to be his masterwork, Evola contrasts the characteristics of the modern world with those of traditional societies, from politics and institutions to views on life agalnst death. In order to understand both the spirit of Tradition and its antithesis, modern civilization, it is necessary to begin with the fundamental doctrine of the two natures.
According to this doctrine there is a physical order of things and a metaphysical one; there is a mortal nature and an immortal one; there is the superior realm of “being” and the inferior realm of “becoming. With unflinching gaze and uncompromising intensity Julius Evola analyzes the spiritual and cultural malaise at the heart of Evila civilization and all that passes for moddrn in the modern world.
As a gadfly, Evola spares no one and nothing in his survey of what we have lost and where we are headed. At turns prophetic and provocative, Revolt against the Modern World outlines a profound metaphysics of history and demonstrates how and why we have lost contact with the transcendent dimension of being.
The revolt advocated by Evola does not resemble the familiar protests of either liberals or conservatives. His criticisms are not limited to exposing the mindless nature of consumerism, the march of progress, the rise of technocracy, or the dominance of unalloyed individualism, although these and other subjects come under his scrutiny. Rather, he attempts to trace in space and time the remote causes and processes that have exercised corrosive influence on what he considers to be the higher values, ideals, beliefs, and codes of conduct–the world of Tradition–that are at the foundation of Western civilization and described in the myths and sacred literature of the Indo-Europeans.
Agreeing with the Hindu philosophers that history is the movement of huge cycles and that we are now in the Kali Yuga, the age of dissolution and decadence, Evola finds revolt to be the only logical response for those who oppose the materialism and ritualized meaninglessness of life in the twentieth century. Through a sweeping study of the structures, myths, beliefs, and spiritual traditions of the major Western civilizations, the author compares the characteristics of the modern world with those of traditional societies.
The domains explored include politics, law, the rise and fall of empires, the history of the Church, the doctrine of the two natures, life and death, social institutions and the caste system, the limits of racial theories, capitalism and communism, relations between the sexes, and the meaning of warriorhood. At every turn Evola challenges the reader’s most cherished assumptions about fundamental aspects of modern life. Hardcoverpages. Published October 1st by Inner Traditions first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Revolt Against the Modern Worldplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Revolt Against the Modern World. Lists with This Book. May 08, Chris Moran rated it it was amazing. Revolt Against the Modern World by Julius Evola is a book so breathtaking, so fresh and magisterial that I may be incapable of reading anything for the remainder of the year.
I found it rich. Every word Evola writes here speaks to something that goes beyond ordinary life, something more than a condition of life that is conditioned by superficial routine or pedestrian thoughts and actions.
He writes with nostalgia for Hyperuranium, for transcendence. Evola writes of the generative principles of s Revolt Against the Modern World by Julius Evola is a book so breathtaking, so fresh and magisterial that I may be incapable of reading anything for the remainder of the year. Evola writes of the generative principles of spiritual regality that come from a metaphysical plane where they exist in a pure state. Notions of majesty, regality and nobility have resonance here.
These are the ancient rhythms that overlap the symmetry of space and override the black spans of an abyss. Evola is a man who yearns for infinity. What he longs for is the glory of triumph. Evola is in tune with the cosmic waste of the world and wrote about civilization falling through infinity toward dissolute darkness. Evola wrote of the effect that invisible dimensions have on our world, specifically, Evola wrote about what happens when an abyss turns itself inside out.
It is a vital force that transcends worlds, or a frequency one can embody. The first element is a materialistic and a naturalistic one; it consists of the transmission of something related to blood and race, namely, a vital force that originates in the subterranean world together with the elementary, collective, and ancestral influences.
I loved this book. Apr 23, Peter rated it did not like it Shelves: Kind of interesting, like a crazy and overeducated guy on the subway putting his rants on paper, but this dude might very well have been the worst guy around in Fascist Italy.
View all 50 comments. Mar 25, TR rated it it was amazing Shelves: A truly monumental work that alters the perception of history and reality. It defines the more spiritual nature of ancient societies and explains the significance of many words whose meanings have been distorted, like tradition, initiation, knowledge, and royalty.
Even if you completely reject Evola’s view in other words, if you are purely rationalist then this book would still be a valuable insight into the mindset similar to that of the ancient peoples like the Greeks or Persians at their hig A truly monumental work that alters the perception of history and reality. Even if you completely reject Evola’s view in other words, if you are purely rationalist then this book would still be a valuable insight into the mindset similar to that of the ancient peoples like the Greeks or Persians at their high points.
It’s also interesting because it covers a vast range of mythology and religion, so much so that one gets somewhat of a crash course in comparative religion, and a very exciting one, at that. Apr 24, Jacob Aitken rated it really liked it Shelves: Rather, paganism—or better, the ancient tradition—is an instantiation of the realm of the Forms. In fact, he is quite insightful. That is how demons enter.
Revolt Against the Modern World Politics, Religion and Social Order of the Kali Yuga
There must be a transcendent order that gives meaning to this flux. So far, so good. This is Plato They possessed a transcendent quality that allowed them to participate in the Forms. Kingship is often associated with the solar symbol. The solar glory denoted a metaphysical reality 9. Law has to have a divine character. Doctrine of the two natures reflects the relationship that exists between state and people.
Legitimacy can never derive its principle from the demos But Evola takes it several steps further in a defending the Hindu caste system and in an juliuus attack on Christianity. In a harsh, cruel way the caste system makes sense. It reflects an ordered hierarchy. Evola dislikes Christianity because it relativised the warrior caste society, or so he thinks. His understanding of Christianity is appallingly bad though he does have some sympathy for Eastern Orthodoxy.
His problem is that Christianity borrowed disparate elements from the different polar societies. There is little reason for me to offer a detailed refutation of his system. Mar 28, Dylan Refolt rated it really liked it Shelves: And when he’s wrong he is extremely wrong.
This book oscillates between those two extremes all throughout. But even when’s wrong his opinion is still interesting.
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By the way, this book should be really be called “A Metaphysics of History”, because that’s ultimately what it is.
Though “Revolt Against the Modern World” is definitely a more striking title. The best parts of this book are when he critiques technology and modern ideologies like capitalism, communism, and nationalism. This critiques are very powerful, often eorld, and get at the heart of why so many people in our day and age feel like life is completely devoid of purpose. The other best parts of this book are the spiritual longing for a higher kind of life that is more noble, heroic, and wise.
A message that resonates very powerfully for some people. Julius Evola is an incredibly interesting personality. Born near the beginning of the 20th century to a family of Italian aristocrats, he was probably one of the last intellectuals on the planet to seriously believe that Monarchism was the way to go.
Definitely worth a againet, and in my case definitely worth a re-read. But if your the type of person who hates looking at other people’s opinions I would stay clear of this one, because Evola doesn’t seek to compromise even in the slightest with any idea that has been popular within the last years. Oct 01, Matthew W rated it it was amazing. A masterwork that I will no doubt have to go back to at various points during the rest of my life.
Many people have said that if you’re attempting to get into Evola, to read “Revolt Against the Modern World” first. Your hunger ujlius meaning is something we’re all dealing with in this corporatist society that needs to quantify being.
This is the same old self-deluded ideological shit rushing to fill the void, and romantic rhetoric levels are titeee. With such an incredible negation of communication, it comes as no surprise read this if you want to elevate your pain to a state of divinity and dissociate, like a child, into an unrecognizable reality, filled with spectacular arcane blood rites that evoke numen. With such an incredible negation of communication, it comes as no surprise that evola fanboy steve bannon excelled both as banker and ultra-conservative politician.
If you like this book, the truth simply isn’t sexy enough for you. You’d do better to go and play video games with ascetic roleplay mods. There is no special divine providence that might care for you and not 7. I for one, am going to deal with my pain with full use of my mental faculties. Turn it into your strength. Read some Nietzsche if you have to.
Just learn to think for yourself.