Source Pravda.Ru

JULIUS EVOLA: A RADICAL TRADITIONALIST (PART 7)

Troy Southgate examines late Italian philosopher Julius Evola’s Men Among the Ruins: Post-War Reflections of a Radical Traditionalist. PRAVDA.Ru will present this summary as a series.

7. HISTORY - HISTORICISM

Evola now turns his attention to the way in which history is so often presented as a religious tenet of the modern age, representing the switch from a world of being towards that of a world of becoming. Indeed, whilst the former relates to an organic and stable form of civilisation, the latter denotes a chaotic and constantly evolving process in which "rationalist, scientific, and technological civilisation" acts as the pied piper of our rapid decline. Rationalism was perceived by Hegel as reality itself. Likewise, reality is also rational. But traditional values, says Evola, cannot be analysed or defined in this way because they are based on something far beyond the comprehension of mere philosophy. Historicism often regards those episodes which it cannot account for as "anti-historical." This has been said of historical phenomena which appear to obstruct the process of development in accordance with the rationalist worldview. This is why historicists and modernists are fond of portraying conservatives - in the true sense of the word - as "reactionaries" and enemies of progress. Furthermore, it is not men who make history at all. Traditionalists like Evola have learnt to recognise and accept the transcendental forces which are never taken into consideration by rationalist historians: "only an obsolete 'historicism' can be so presumptuous to reduce everything to a linear development." Indeed, both Marxism and Christianity adopt this method and the cyclical nature of the universe is therefore ignored.

Troy Southgate submitted this work to PRAVDA.Ru

To read Part 1, please visit http://english.pravda.ru/columnists/2002/05/11/28502.html

To read Part 2, please visit http://english.pravda.ru/columnists/2002/05/13/28609.html

To read Part 3, please visit http://english.pravda.ru/columnists/2002/05/15/28798.html

To read Part 4, please visit http://english.pravda.ru/columnists/2002/05/16/28859.html

To read Part 5, please visit http://english.pravda.ru/columnists/2002/05/18/28937.html

To read Part 6, please visit http://english.pravda.ru/columnists/2002/05/20/28995.html

Comments
The need for a Global Political Agenda 2018
Pentagon can not accept Russia's victory over terrorists in Syria
Pentagon can not accept Russia's victory over terrorists in Syria
Putin: Russia will continue spending enough on defence not to be killed
Italy: Free fall
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, capitals and puppets
North Korea declares victory over USA
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
Russia unveils the date for the launch of the superbridge to Crimea
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
Putin: Russia will continue spending enough on defence not to be killed
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
Turkish President Erdogan issues ultimatum to Washington and Brussels
New Syria to be born in Russia's Sochi
New Syria to be born in Russia's Sochi
Torturing Jerusalem with USA's help: No peace, but eternal war for Jews and Arabs
Putin: Russia will continue spending enough on defence not to be killed
Putin: Russia will continue spending enough on defence not to be killed
Putin: Russia will continue spending enough on defence not to be killed