Keys to the Beyond is a guide to the thought of Frithjof Schuon (1907–1998), a Swiss philosopher of religion. His work has generally not been taken very seriously within the formal academic study of religion, but it has nonetheless been widely influential, both within and beyond academia. The scholarly status of Schuon’s work, then, is something of a paradox: actually influential, but also generally ignored, and certainly inadequately discussed. The same is true of the work of the French philosopher of religion and esotericist René Guénon (1886–1951), the single most important influence on Schuon. The work of Guénon, Schuon, and some others is usually described as “Traditionalism” or “Perennialism,” and is a particular instance and development of those two broad forms of thought.

Schuon’s ideas may be of particular interest to readers of Nova Religio because he was not only a philosopher of religion but also the founder and leader...

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