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By extension, it covers the range of attitudes to all traditional and philosophical ideas of Asian countries. In addition, one can speak really, not only metaphorically of the social imperialism of modern democracy, the mental imperialism of Postmodernism, the totalitarian imperialism of mass-media magic and so on. In fact, Orientalistic studies often were motivated by the quest for truth and knowledge and constituted part of the counter-culture directed against the predominated Western attitudes, be they imperialistic, positivistic, or rationalistic. However, in spite of frequent accusations for the supposed irrationality and wanting to escape into unreality, the Orientalism of the 18th—19th centuries was associated with the affirmation of intellect and reason, in contrast to the perceived irrationalities of European ideologies and institutions, such as the aggressive and simple-minded Christian missionary activities. The East ought to be happy if it still remains spiritually attractive in spite of all disillusion that derives from the immediate encounter with the modernized East along with its countless stupidities.

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Out front, a large, bearish man with a booming voice, a shaggy beard and unruly hair, energetically gesticulating as he answers a question about some recondite aspect of ancient Egyptian cosmology or Pythagorean mathematics or Babylonian funerary rites.

Each question or comment from his interlocutors sets off a phosphoric chain-reaction of coruscating ideas, dazzling his listeners with the fizz and sparkle of his insights, his discourse punctuated with rumbling laughter. The talk endlessly ramifies in many directions as the speaker explicates his subject with the most infectious enthusiasm.

He was appointed through the beneficence of a private donor who wanted to encourage the study of Tradition in all its manifold aspects.

In this small but lively program Algis was able to find some kindred spirits who shared his unyielding conviction that there could be no more noble intellectual task than inquiry into the perennial wisdom which informs all integral mythological, religious and esoteric traditions.

More than half a century ago, Ananda Coomaraswamy, the great art historian and perennialist, wrote this: …there is a universally intelligible language, not only verbal but also visual, of the fundamental ideas on which the different civilisations have been founded.

There exists, then, in this commonly accepted axiology or body of first principles, a common universe of discourse…We need mediators to whom the common universe of discourse is still a reality.

The Bugbear of Literacy, edition, pp. Algis was just such a mediator, an extraordinarily gifted one. And by the immense range of his studies and his persistent questioning of accepted values, he gave us an example of intellectual seriousness, rare among scholars today.

Lipsey, Coomaraswamy: His Life and Work, , p. Let me now strike a more personal note. I did not know Algis well and my impressions are based on fugitive glimpses, so to speak, rather than on a close friendship. For me he always seemed a somewhat Dostoyevskian figure, a man of large appetites, generous spirit, an intense and passionate personality, often exuberant but also, behind the boisterous exterior, somewhat shy and vulnerable.

The fixed stars in his life seemed to be his work, his family and his country whose troubled history had left its mark on his psyche. In lighter vein I also recall with some amusement his incompetence in the new-fangled technologies which clutter the academy nowadays, and his equally commendable indifference to the exigencies of the university bureaucracy. Teaching, researching, writing, helping colleagues and students — these remained his priorities, and he had no interest in the petty politics and personal ambitions which tarnish so much contemporary university life.

In short, he was following a vocation, not pursuing a career. But the distance between Vilnius and Bendigo was perhaps even greater than he had imagined, and he found the separation from his wife and daughter especially painful. Then too, there were the inevitable difficulties and the loneliness of living in a new and in some respects strange culture. At times it must have felt like a kind of exile. After his return to Lithuania we were alarmed to hear of his ill-health and, later, profoundly saddened to hear of his passing.

Someone once remarked that the death of a cultured man is akin to a library burning down, an especially apposite metaphor in this case. I know that my colleagues and our students will join me in giving thanks for the year Algis spent with us in Bendigo, in mourning his passing and in praying for his family. Requiescat in pace.

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Tokinos By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Looking for beautiful books? Timothy rated it really liked it Apr 14, Melitta rated it it was amazing Dec 20, Book ratings by Goodreads. Andrew rated it it was amazing Feb 09, Nathaniel Ritter rated it really liked it Jun 05, The editor Algis Uzdavinys is an author translator and scholar of remarkable scope who uses his scholarship and his own deep knowledge of the philosophia perennis to illustrate for us the timeless wisdom of these writings. This monograph is a exposition of philosophy as Orphean madness, what Plato called erotike mania: Nov 26, Maan Kawas rated it it was amazing. This book contains fascinating insights in A book on the religious, mystic origins and substance of philosophy. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want uzdaivnys read.

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Out front, a large, bearish man with a booming voice, a shaggy beard and unruly hair, energetically gesticulating as he answers a question about some recondite aspect of ancient Egyptian cosmology or Pythagorean mathematics or Babylonian funerary rites. Each question or comment from his interlocutors sets off a phosphoric chain-reaction of coruscating ideas, dazzling his listeners with the fizz and sparkle of his insights, his discourse punctuated with rumbling laughter. The talk endlessly ramifies in many directions as the speaker explicates his subject with the most infectious enthusiasm. He was appointed through the beneficence of a private donor who wanted to encourage the study of Tradition in all its manifold aspects. In this small but lively program Algis was able to find some kindred spirits who shared his unyielding conviction that there could be no more noble intellectual task than inquiry into the perennial wisdom which informs all integral mythological, religious and esoteric traditions.

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