The Perennial Philosophy

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Harper Collins, 1945 - Philosophy - 312 pages
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The Perennial Philosophy is defined by its author as "The metaphysic that recognizes a divine Reality substantial to the world of things and lives and minds." With great wit and stunning intellect, Aldous Huxley examines the spiritual beliefs of various religious traditions and explains them in terms that are personally meaningful.


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This book brought all spiritual and religious thought down to several basic commonalities. These are the tenets, then that have more likelihood of real truth. Read full review

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What have all the mystics of all times and all religions in common? What are all of them telling and doing with their lives? Mr Huxley goes find about and tell you in this masterpiece, that happens to ... Read full review


That Art Thou 1
The Nature of the Ground III Personality Sanctity Divine Incarnation 21
Charity VI Mortification NonAttachment Right Livelihood 80
Truth 125
Religion and Temperament IX SelfKnowledge 146
Good and Evil 175
Time and Eternity 184
Suffering XVIII Faith 227
God Is Not Mocked 238
Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum 243
Emotionalism 253
The Miraculous 259
Ritual Symbol Sacrament 262
Spiritual Exercises XXVI Perseverance and Regularity XXVII Contemplation Action and Social Utility 273

Salvation Deliverance Enlightenment 200
Immortality and Survival XV Silence 216
BibliographyIndex 303

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Aldous Huxley (1894–1963) is the author of the classic novels Brave New World, Island, Eyeless in Gaza, and The Genius and the Goddess, as well as such critically acclaimed nonfiction works as The Perennial Philosophy and The Doors of Perception. Born in Surrey, England, and educated at Oxford, he died in Los Angeles, California.

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