The Only Tradition examines the first principles of the perennial philosophy or ancient wisdom tradition as expressed in the writings of Rene Guenon and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, and the current breakdown of value, meaning, and culture in the West due to the decline of these principles since the thirteenth century. The book further focuses on the relationship or reciprocity between the first principles and Western and Eastern culture, and discusses the future development of a homogenous, worldwide system of belief that would restore value and meaning to people's lives. Quinn argues for a return to the first principles inherent in the perennial philosophy, which constitute the sacred primordial Tradition and which inform all the world's great religious traditions. His book makes an excellent introduction to this powerful current of European esoteric thought - primordial tradition.clearest and most succinct statement on myth is found in his essay aquot;Recollection, Indian and Platonicaquot;: aquot;All mythology ... a#39;Perennial Philosophy, a#39; then that a#39;the myth is not my own, I had it from my mothera#39; (Euripides) points to a spiritual unity of ... It may really be true that, as Alfred Jeremias said, the various cultures of mankind are no more than the dialects of one and the same spiritual languageaquot; (SPM, p.
|Title||:||The Only Tradition|
|Author||:||William W. Quinn|
|Publisher||:||SUNY Press - 1997|