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By René Guénon

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The Reign of volume offers a concise yet accomplished view of the current scenario on the earth, because it looks from the perspective of the 'ancient wisdom', previously universal either to the East and to the West, yet now nearly totally overlooked. the writer shows together with his fabled readability and directness the proper nature of the fashionable deviation, and devotes designated consciousness to the advance of contemporary philosophy and technology, and to the half performed by way of them, with their accompanying notions of growth and evolution, within the formation of the economic and democratic society which we now regard as 'normal'. Guénon sees heritage as a descent from shape (or caliber) towards subject (or Quantity); yet after the Reign of Quantity-modern materialism and the 'rise of the masses'-Guénon predicts a reign of 'inverted quality' ahead of the top of the age: the triumph of the 'counter-initiation', the dominion of Antichrist. this article is taken into account the magnum opus between Guénon's texts of civilizational feedback, as is Symbols of Sacred technology between his reports on symbols and cosmology, and guy and His turning into in keeping with the Vedanta between his extra in simple terms metaphysical works.

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A. K. Coomaraswamy, ibid. , 6. Cf. Man and His Becoming according to the Vedanta, chap. 17. 7. Cf. The Symbolism of the Cross, chap. 4. MEASURE AND MANIFESTATION 29 number and weight'; 8 these three categories clearly represent diverse modes of quantity, but they are only literally applicable as such to the corporeal world and to nothing else, though by an appropriate transposition they may nevertheless also be taken as an expression of universal 'order'. The same is also true of the Pythagorean numbers, but the mode of quantity that is primarily associated with measure, namely, extension, is the mode that is most often and most directly brought into relation with the process of manifestation itself, by virtue of a certain natural predominance of spatial symbolism in this connection, arising from the fact that space constitutes the 'field' (in the sense of the Sanskrit kshetra) within which corporeal manifestation is developed, corporeal manifestation being inevitably taken as the symbol of the whole of universal manifestation.

18 THE REIGN OF QUANTITY point, for it immediately gives the reason why modern science actually lacks all explanatory value. Before going further it should be noted here that the physicists' 'matter' can in no case be anything but a materia secunda, since the physicists regard it as being endowed with properties, on the nature of which they are incidentally not entirely in agreement, so that their 'matter' is not potentiality and 'indistinction' and nothing else besides; moreover, as the physicists' conceptions relate to the sensible world and do not go beyond it, they would not know what to do with the conception of a materia prima.

Nevertheless, the materia secunda of our world cannot be devoid of all determination, for if it were so it would be inseparable from the materia prima itself in its complete 'indistinction'; neither can it be a sort of generalized materia secunda, for it must be determined in accordance with the special conditions of this world, in such a way that it can effectively play the part of substance in relation to this world in particular, and not in relation to anything else. The nature of this determination must then be specified, and this is what Saint Thomas Aquinas does when he defines this particular materia secunda as materia signata quantitate; quality is therefore not inherent in it and is not that which makes it what it is, even if quality is considered only in relation to the sensible order; its place is taken by quantity, which thus really is ex parte materire.

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