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This book contains a wide-ranging selection of writings by perennialist author William Stoddart that expose the many false ideologies of postmodernism (forgetting) and call for a return to traditional religion, especially in its mystical dimensions (remembering).
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jan 25, 2008
Publisher World Wisdom
ISBN 1933316462 ISBN13 9781933316468
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More About William Stoddart, Mateus Soares de Azevedo & Alberto Vasconcellos Queiroz
William Stoddart was born at Carstairs in Scotland in 1925. He studied modern languages, and later medicine, at the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dublin. His previous books include: Sufism: The Mystical Doctrines and Methods of Islam (1976; editions in seven languages), Outline of Hinduism (1993), and Outline of Buddhism (1998).
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Remembering what IS! Jul 19, 2008
In each chapter of Remembering in a World of Forgetting Dr. Stoddart condenses potent kernels of traditional knowledge and wisdom without compromising these doctrines and methods and yet he imparts to the reader the essentials of what is needed to be known by any seeker of truth. Although this work is not devoted to any specific religious revelation, the author remains true to the `transcendent unity of religions' by providing the metaphysical principles that underlie these traditions so that the reader may understand each qua their unique revelation and simultaneously in their universality. It is these metaphysical principles that will assist the seeker in the post-modern era beyond the psychological imbalance and spiritual confusion that has become a "norm" and in fact plagues the current epoch. This new work by Dr. Stoddart will provide an astute reference and contribution to other perennialist or traditionalist works as it offers de facto a grand synthesis of many ideas found in other traditionalist works and also contributes novel and insightful pointers that are not found in other traditionalist works. The only shortcoming if we could imagine one is that the work could have been longer in length but perhaps this tendency is also part of a larger systemic quandary that places quantity above quality. We will conclude this review with a few fitting words from the authors Excerpts from Letters: "Religion is a form of Truth (it is `colored'), and as such it is accessible to the whole community. The `pure Truth' (`uncolored') is for the very few."
Prayer means remembrance of God Apr 6, 2008
I found this book to be an excellent addition to the Perennial Philosophy series of World Wisdom. This did not surpise me, since I knew of the author from his editing of THE ESSENTIAL TITUS BURCKHARDT. I found the same remarkable ability to explain the core concepts of the Sophia Perennis with clarity and precision.
This book is organised in three parts:
I. Forgetting- Decline, or what we have forgotten
II. Remembering (theory)- Truth or what we have to know
III. Remembering (practice)- Spirituality or what we have to do
All by itself this volume could serve as fairly comprehensive outline of Tradition. However I would not stop here. Mr. Stoddart is very clear that anything of value in his writings came from those that came before him (Guenon, Coomaraswamy, Burckhardt- and most especially Frithjof Schuon.) If you are one of the few with the vocation and ability to comprehend intellectual intuition then I would go on to the rest of the Library of Perennial Philosophy. In one sense we are blessed in this Dark Age- that men of ability and means existed to publish these books in one collection.
As the Stoddart states, in a world of error, reading books that expound truth is of prime importance, but "difficult" books tend to be the only ones worth reading. Do not cheat yourself by reading anything less.
Any serious spirituality or philosophy library will find it packed with words of wisdom and insight. Apr 3, 2008
REMEMBERING IN A WORLD OF FORGETTING: THOUGHTS ON TRADITION AND POSTMODERNISM includes nine previously unpublished articles by Stoddart, extracts from previously unpublished private writings, and a biography of Stoddart, edited by Mateus Soaresde Azevedo and Alberto Vasconcellos Queiroz, as it explores Tradition and the truths of intellect and religion. Any serious spirituality or philosophy library will find it packed with words of wisdom and insight.
A Fundamental Work Dec 24, 2007
After only partially reading Dr. Stoddart's work, one can easily infer the astounding significance of its message, and one can anticipate the adverse reactions that it could induce in the modern mentality if the book manages somehow to reach a larger audience, which is nevertheless an improbable occurrence: complete ignorance and misunderstanding are the more likely attitudes one would expect from both the casual reader and from the informed "intelligentsia".
Paradoxically, such reactions ought to be regarded as a compliment and as full recognition of this book's intrinsic value, because nowadays true wisdom cannot help being abhorred and its spokesmen dismissed accordingly.
In this particular case, the devil's most perverse effect is not that such enlightening works and fundamental to our very being are going to be ignored or disdained (after all, "offenses must needs come") but that they may end up being classified in the same category as those worthless, absurd and grotesque lucubrations and terrifying intellectual aberrations that modern man keeps producing in greater and greater abundance. Confusion is the prelude to disaster.