'Modern man collects keys without knowing how to open a door; a skeptic, he flounders among concepts with no suspicion of their intrinsic value or efficacy: he 'classifies' ideas at the surface level of thought but never 'realizes' a single idea in depth. He treats himself to the luxury of despair, the most paradoxical form of this commodity; he believes he is experienced whereas he does nothing but avoid those experiences that are incumbent upon him and that he has not even the intellectual capacity to undergo; his experience amounts to that of a child who, having burnt itself, wants to abolish fire.'
'Logic and Transcendence: A New Translation with Selected Letters'
By Frithjof Schuon (Author)
This new edition of LOGIC AND TRANSCENDENCE, Schuon's most important philosophical work, is a fully revised translation from the French original and contains an extensive Appendix with previously unpublished selections from Schuon's letters and other private writings. LOGIC AND TRANSCENDENCE contains chapters devoted to specifically philosophical questions such as the contradiction of relativism, the notion of the concrete and abstract and the limitations of rationalism; it, also, contains some of Schuon's most succinct theological discussions concerning both Christian and Islamic theology. The last part of the book turns to diverse questions of the spiritual life, including a discussion of the function of the spiritual master and concludes with a study of man and certitude.