Logic and Transcendence: A New Translation with Selected by Frithjof Schuon

By Frithjof Schuon

During this new version of his most crucial philosophical paintings, Frithjof Schuon confronts the pitfalls of rationalism and relativism inside of smooth philosophy. This new version contains an absolutely revised translation from the French unique and includes an intensive Appendix with formerly unpublished letters and different deepest writings.

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Converting this dictatorial conclusion into an argument against metaphysical “dogmatism”, far from unmasking the latter, serves only to demonstrate the “emptiness” and “vanity” of the critical philosophy, thus turning its thunderbolts against itself. All the appalling pedantry of this philosophy becomes glar­ingly apparent in the notion of “subreption”: this is the name it gives to reasoning that is devoid of “empirical premises” and that allows us to infer something about which—or so it appears—we have no idea, as when we infer the reality of God from the existence of the world or the qualities it manifests.

This simply proves one is ignorant of what intelligence really is; thought by defini­tion establishes a certainty, so that every coherent doctrine is a form of dog­matism; even the fiercest empiricism is no exception to this rule but simply the dupe of its illusion of escaping it. The fact that a dogmatic concept does not itself 9 Franz von Baader—a distant disciple of Boehme—proposed the for­mula cogitor, ergo cogito et sum: “I am thought (by God); therefore I think, and I am”, which is a pertinent expression of the causal or ontological relationship under consideration here.

10 How well reason performs this function depends on our dialectical ca­pacity as well as on the need for logical satisfaction—or the degree of understanding—of our interlocutor. 38 Rationalism Real and Apparent constitute total truth has always been understood; only modern man has forgotten this: every traditional, non-theological dogmatism knows that it furnishes, and can furnish, only pointers or keys and that the inward discovery of pure truth is always a leap in the void—a leap incommensurate with mental premises, concepts, or other symbols.

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