Prequel to the Three Worlds

Cornelius Agrippa, in Occult Philosophy, posited the existence of three worlds: the elementary, celestial, and intellectual worlds, hierarchically arranged, as illustrated, for example, in Robert Fludd’s Diagram. Since each inferior world is governed by its superior and receives its influence, so the mages believe that one can penetrate naturally by … Continue reading

Julius Evola on Hermann Keyserling – Part 1

This is part 1 of two on Julius Evola‘s interpretation of Hermann Keyserling, originally published in Saggi sull’Idealismo Magico. The School of Wisdom referred to was established by Keyserling in 1920 and is apparently still active today. Keyserling bases his philosophy on “understanding”, which is “metarational”. Specifically, it is not … Continue reading

Julius Evola on Giovanni Gentile — Part 3

This is the third and final installment of Julius Evola‘s commentary on Giovanni Gentile from Essays on Magical Idealism. Although it is highly technical, we can cut to the main point. First, there is the distinction between spontaneity and freedom. In a free act, “I” make the choice. A spontaneous … Continue reading

Julius Evola on Giovanni Gentile — Part 2

In this section, Julius Evola deals with the nature of thought itself. Thought cannot be the object of thinking, since it would then be just another thought. Rather, there must be something that transcends thinking, the “non-rational”. Nevertheless, the non-rational is not the same as the irrational. Certain philosophers, Schopenhauer … Continue reading

Julius Evola on Giovanni Gentile — Part 1

This is Part 1 of probably four parts of Julius Evola‘s commentary on Giovanni Gentile in Saggi sull’Idealismo Magico (Essays in Magical Idealism). It has been difficult to translate, not just because of the difficulty of the subject matter, but more because there is no corresponding philosophical tradition in English … Continue reading

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