A Book where Ernst Jünger and Julius Evola meet at last
Available in early August 2017 from Manticore Press
Operative Traditions provides a practical and didactic approach to the heritage of the West and the East, focusing on the core values present in traditional craft and art. Through a deep insight into the operative aspects and spiritual character of such disciplines, this book approaches one of the least studied aspects of modern culture: technique and its importance as a key factor for spiritual development.
Operative Traditions uncovers the important ideas of one of the most obscure philosophical works of the 20th century: Julius Evola’s Theory and Phenomenology of the Absolute Individual. Evola’s gnoseological approach draws from the crisis experienced in modern times by Transcendental Idealism (Kant, Hegel, Schelling) and establishes an immanent critique beyond all discursive relativism and speculation. Evola provides the individual with a series of epistemological “tools” that allow the establishment of transcendent immanence: the projection of the core values of Tradition upon the most diverse and complex human realities. The great value of Evola’s philosophy resides in its capacity to be directly applied in the most materialistic, reductionist, and highly technological conditions of the 21st century. Operative Traditions studies these technical conditions, aiming to describe the fundamental framework that influences an individual’s traits and habits.
Operative Traditions also examines The Worker (Der Arbeiter, 1932), one of the most misunderstood works by Ernst Jünger. This serves to provide a new dignity for technique and work, no longer regulating these activities to economic or class-related factors, but instead as opus, a means for forging the diamond brilliance of the spirit.
Operative Traditions presents a more appealing and highly artistic vision shared by these figures than is commonly found the political context, instead revealing a creative path where the individual can attain the absolute, persuading all the stars to revolve around him.
Operative Traditions offers a multidisciplinary exposition that aims to establish a dialogue between readers who are interested in the metaphysical aspects of Traditionalism and Perennial Philosophy with a broader range readers who are involved in the actual operative conditions of our time. Operative Traditions aims to provide new perspectives, approaches, and disciplines for all those who want to follow Evola’s advice of “riding the tiger”, here and now, who are no longer content living as “men among the ruins”, and want to become men who strive to develop new creations.
“I haven’t read the entire contents of the latest edition of this intellectual and deeply esoteric journal. It’s simply not that kind of book – i.e. the kind you race through and then dash off a quick review.
No, if you want to dash off a quick review – and I do because this journal deserves wider attention – the only way to do it is to glean what one can from a partially digested reading of this rich psychic and intellectual feast and then string a few sentences together, which is what I have done here. To read it fully and properly will be the work of several years, many rereads, and much contemplation.”
“The real choice in our modern age is between those who choose to see mankind as mere mushrooms, and those of us who have a higher and more spiritual concept of who we are. This collection of work clearly caters for those who choose the second path. As for the mushrooms, they will always have the darkness and the crap to feed off.”
Aristokratia Vol. II was officially released yesterday, and within less than twelve of hours of release entered the Top 100 Bestseller list on Amazon for both Political Philosophy and Religious Philosophy.
Aristokratia Vol. II is a special edition, concentrating on the works of the Italian philosopher Julius Evola. The book also contains articles on Nietzsche, Plato, Pessoa, Gomez-Davila, Kautilya/Chanakya, general political philosophy and book reviews.
More details on Aristokratia Vol. II can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Aristokratia-II-K-Deva/dp/0987559834/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1391730082&sr=8-2&keywords=aristokratia
“Without weakening and compromise we oppose the lowering of the spiritual level, as it has been elevated into a system by contemporary man…We are reacting against the loss of all higher meaning in life; against the materialization, socialization, and standardization to which everything is subjected…We want to be a danger, a challenge, and an indictment…of all that is weak and directed toward compromising solutions, and which stands enslaved by prevailing opinion and small-minded adaptations to the moment…the unmoving protest against the tyranny of the economic and the social that insolently permeates everything, and against the decline of any higher viewpoint into the most pitiable humanism.”
– Julius Evola
Aristokratia Vol. II, January 2014 Edited by K. Deva Published by Manticore Press
Unfashionable Observations: Philosophies Against Time
The Once and Future King: The Philosophy of Julius Evola
Homo Modernus: An Evolian-Gomezian Portrait of Modern Man
Corporatism as a Perennial Method of Traditional Social Organisation
The Eldritch Evola
Meditazioni delle Vette: Julius Evola and the Metaphysics of Alpinism
Emperor of the Sun: Vedic Models of Polity, the Arthashastra and Contemporary Relevance
Fernando Pessoa as Portugal: Prometheus Unchained
The King’s True Champion
Nietzsche’s Olympian Synthesis
The Revaluation of all History
Plato and Platonism: The Republic
Oblivion and Discourse of Being
The Cult of Incompetence: The Principles of Forms of Government
Europe: A Sudden Flash of Will – An Interview with Azsacra Zarathustra
Ever since mankind became aware of the passage of time, predictions of the future have provided us with a boundless source of fascination – especially in regards to what may lie ahead. If we could but see forward in time, we could forge our own destinies and compensate for past mistakes. From the beginnings of recorded history seers and visionaries have crafted techniques to do precisely this by means of visions and prophecies. A multitude of different predictions have been passed, some originating from dreams, some through prayer, and still others have passed from the tongues of the gods themselves. Each and every prediction tells a story – some tell tales of earthly utopias, others of Armageddon. Amongst all of these foretold events, perhaps none is quite as bleak as the image which is drawn from the perspective of Traditionalism, which establishes a fixed cosmic cycle of future events that cannot be changed or prevented by the course of human intervention. According to this vision of the future, our time on the earth is cyclic, and our civilization will gradually degenerate until it finally collapses so that the cycle may begin again.
Traditionalism bases this premise of cyclic time on the core teachings of major religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Heathenism, to name but a few. The idea of this Primordial Tradition on which cyclic time is based evolved out of the concept known as philosophia perennis, or prenennial philosophy, which in itself is a development from the prisca theologia of the Middle Ages. Both Traditionalism and the philosophia perennis attempt to establish common factors amongst different Traditions, with the goal of producing a superior gnosis or level of wisdom than that which would have been obtained by the study of a single Tradition. This is remarkably similar to the mode of study used in comparative mythology and the history of religions. In this sense, the term ‘Primordial Tradition’ is utilized to describe a system of spiritual thought and metaphysical truth that overarches all the other religions and esoteric traditions of humanity. The idea of the Primordial Tradition was well received by the academic community and its development was actively endorsed by the International Conference of Religions in Chicago, 1893. Outside of the academic community, the idea of the Primordial Tradition received an even better reception, and was advocated by the Traditionalist school – notably Rene Guénon, Julius Evola, and Alain Daniélou. Basing their descriptions of the future and the modern world on predictions found in Traditional teachings, the image of the future portrayed by each of these three figures is pessimistic in outlook and describes the current era in which we live as the Age of Darkness.