“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Monday, September 21, 2009

More on the John Dee Quatercentenary Conference

John Dee Quatercentenary Conference
St John's College, Cambridge
21 – 22 September 2009
2009 marks the quatercentenary of the death of the great Elizabethan polymath, John Dee (1527–1609). This international and interdisciplinary conference will commemorate the occasion by bringing together scholars and students from a range of fields, including intellectual and cultural history, history of science and mathematics, literature, and history of the book, to consider the extraordinary range of Dee's interests and enterprises. The conference is hosted by Dee's old Cambridge college, St John's, and provides a unique opportunity to examine some of Dee's own books in the Old Library. Speakers include Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London), Nicholas Clulee (Frostburg State University), Glyn Parry (Victoria University of Wellington) and Stephen Pumfrey (Lancaster University).
The conference will be preceded by a half day colloquium on 'Western Esoteric Traditions in the Renaissance' at Anglia Ruskin University, as part of a programme of Cambridge-based events celebrating the intellectual legacy of the Renaissance.
The John Dee Quatercentenary Conference is hosted by St John's College, Cambridge, and supported by the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (University of Cambridge), the Bibliographical Society, the British Society for the History of Science and the Society for Renaissance Studies.
Conference information
Anglia Ruskin Colloquium
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