About The Book With unflinching gaze and uncompromising intensity Julius Evola analyzes the spiritual and cultural malaise at the heart of Western civilization and all that passes for progress 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. 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.
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Shelves: fighting-the-new-world-order , dialectic , ethics , occult , intellectual-strongholds The best way to describe this book is as a Pagan Systematic Theology.
Thats not entirely accurate, though. Julius Evola, though an enemy of Christianity, isnt so stupid to think that the pagan gods actually exist. In fact, Evola is quite clear that the God-principle is at best removed, if non-existent. Rather, paganismor better, the ancient traditionis an instantiation of the realm of the Forms. And as long as Evola sticks with quasi-Platonic concepts, hes okay.
In fact, he is quite insightful. Rather, paganism—or better, the ancient tradition—is an instantiation of the realm of the Forms. That is how demons enter. It is remembered. 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 open attack on Christianity.
In a harsh, cruel way the caste system makes sense. It reflects an ordered hierarchy. Warning: Language. 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.
Revolt Against the Modern World
They were both born in Cinisi , a small town and municipality in the Province of Palermo in the north-western coast of Sicily. Vincenzo Evola is reported as being a telegraphic mechanic chief , while Concetta Mangiapane is reported as being a landowner. Giulio Cesare Evola had an elder brother, Giuseppe Gaspare Dinamo Evola, born the 7 August in Rome  , therefore, following a slight variation on the Sicilian naming convention of the era, being the second male child, Giulio Cesare Evola was partly named after the maternal grandfather. Evola has been often been reported as being a baron ,  probably in reference to a purported distant relationship with a minor aristocratic family the Evoli who were the barons of Castropignano in the late middle age  of the Kingdom of Sicily. Little is known about his early upbringing except that he considered it irrelevant. Evola studied engineering in Rome, but did not complete his studies because he "did not want to be associated in any way with bourgeois academic recognition and titles such as doctor and engineer.
Julius Evola Revolt Against The Modern World