Confessions of a Radical Traditionalist is a wide-ranging collection of colourful essays by English author and philosopher John Michell. For those readers only familiar with his better-known writings on Earth Mysteries, unusual phenomena, and eccentric figures, much of the material here will be a pleasant surprise.
Divided into nine sections, Confessions of a Radical Traditionalist presents Michell’s thoughts on a wealth of heretical topics, from ancient echoes of a Golden Age to the madness of modernity and the unfolding apocalypse.
Undergirding these ruminations is the rarely heard perspective of an enlightened, idealistic Platonist.
Even when slaying sacred cows or lancing contemporary buffoons, he never forgets that the elusive “paradise of the philosophers” is within reach for those with the strength of vision to see it.
In our inverted modern world, these disarming orthodox writings have the delicious flavor of forbidden fruit.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Michell was born in London in 1933 and educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.
Some of his recent works include At the Center of the World (1994), The Temple at Jerusalem: A Revelation (2000), and The Measure of Albion (with Robin Heath, 2004).
An exhibit of his geometrical and other watercolour paintings was held in London in 2003 at the Christopher Gibbs Gallery.
He lives in Notting Hill, London.
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