The Metaphysical Principles of the Infinitesimal Calculus (Collected Works of Rene Guenon)

The Metaphysical Principles of the Infinitesimal Calculus (Collected Works of Rene Guenon)


Guénon's early and abiding curiosity in arithmetic, like that of Plato, Pascal, Leibnitz, and lots of different metaphysicians of be aware, runs like a scarlet thread all through his doctrinal reviews. during this overdue textual content released simply 5 years sooner than his dying, Guénon devotes a whole quantity to questions in regards to the nature of limits and the countless with recognize to the calculus either as a mathematical self-discipline and as symbolism for the initiatic direction. This ebook for that reason extends and enhances the geometrical symbolism he employs in different works, specially The Symbolism of the move, The a number of States of the Being, and emblems of Sacred technological know-how. based on Guénon, the idea that 'infinite quantity' is a contradiction in phrases. Infinity is a metaphysical proposal at the next point of fact than that of volume, the place all that may be expressed is the indefinite, now not the countless. yet even though volume is the one point famous through glossy technological know-how, the numbers that specific it additionally own features, their quantitative element being only their outer husk. Our reliance at the present time on a arithmetic of approximation and likelihood merely extra conceals the 'qualitative arithmetic' of the traditional global, which involves us such a lot at once during the Pythagorean-Platonic culture.

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