Education in the Light of Tradition: Studies in Comparative Religion

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C.S. Lewis once remarked, “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” In most modern cultures, their education systems are often portrayed by the media to be “failing” and in need of reform. In this unique collection of 19 essays, a diverse collection of authors examine the traditional principles of education and how knowledge and values are transmitted within traditional societies.

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The author of more than twenty books of philosophy, comparatThe author of more than twenty books of philosophy, comparative religion, poetry and travel, Jean Bi s is former professive religion, poetry and travel, Jean Bi s is former professor of Greek Literature and the University of Pau, France. A or of Greek Literature and the University of Pau, France. A Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor and recipient of theChevalier of the French Legion of Honor and recipient of the High Prize of the Society of French Poets, since 1962 he an High Prize of the Society of French Poets, since 1962 he and his wife have lived in a country home Saint Michel la Grand his wife have lived in a country home Saint Michel la Grange at the foot of the Pyrennees. ge at the foot of the Pyrennees.

Eminent Swiss metaphysician and scholar Dr. Titus Burckhardt was devoted to studies in art, art history, and oriental languages, and embarked upon journeys through North Africa and the Near East. In addition to writing books in German, he translated many important works from their original Arabic.
ANANDA K. COOMARASWAMY (1877-1947) was born to Anglo-Ceylonese parents. After completing studies in Geology he soon became interested in the arts and crafts of his native Ceylon and India. In 1917 he relocated to the USA where he became Keeper of Indian and Islamic Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, establishing a large collection of Eastern artifacts and presenting lectures on their symbolic and metaphysical meaning. An encounter with the seminal writings of perennialist author Rene Guenon served to confirm and strengthen his view of the Perennial Philosophy. From this period onwards Dr. Coomaraswamy began to compose his mature--and undoubtedly most profound--works, adeptly expounding the "philosophia perennis" by drawing on his unparalleled knowledge of the arts, crafts, mythologies, cultures, folklores, symbolisms, and religions of the Orient and the Occident. His plans to retire to India and take on sannyasa (renunciation of the world) were cut short by his sudden and untimely death.

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