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Metaphysics of Power

Author(s): Julius Evola

The nobility must awaken, or else resign itself to perish, and not even gloriously: to perish by corrosion and fatal submersion. To awaken — that means: to become once more, at any cost, a political class.

Metaphysics of Power is a collection of Julius Evola’s powerfully argued articles organised into areas key to Evola’s thought: the State, Education, Family, Liberty & Duty, Monarchy, Empire, Modern Society, and Aristocracy.

Coursing through much of Evola’s work represented here is the key notion of the four-caste system: king, warrior, merchant, and laborer; which is clearly explicated in Decline of the Idea of the State and often referred to in other articles. The theme — namely the deviation from this ancient and nearly universal tradition — is part of the bedrock of Evola’s critique on why the modern state often fails.

Various articles in this work touch on sensitive themes and demonstrate Evola’s nuanced approaches to issues such as divorce, the Catholic Church’s understanding of marriage, and individualism, but also handle with humor educational approaches such as the Montessori School, feminism, bureaucracy, and Europe’s modern nobility.

Most of these articles are translated here for the first time and offer the reader — in strong, erudite English matching Evola’s strong, erudite Italian — a deeper dive into Evola’s thoughts, philosophy, and opinions, while the tone of these articles ranges from patient and pedagogical to brutal and scathing. Metaphysics of Power represents a must-have for the seasoned disciple of Evola’s philosophy, but is also a unique opportunity for the novice in traditionalist studies as it offers smaller, tighter explanations of Evola’s views on key issues.

  • An interesting essay in Metaphysics of Power deals with the French king Philip the Fair. Philip has, by some, been hailed as a proto-fascist king. Evola, however, takes issue with Philip because he laid the foundations of the centralisation of power (to Paris), at the expense of the feudal lords of France.
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Note from the Translator

The State

1. On the Decline of the Idea of the State

2. On Philip the Fair

3. Dumézil and the Structure of the State

4. The Two Faces of Nationalism

5. The Reconstruction of the Idea of the State

6. Towards a New Science of the State

7. On the Spiritual Foundation of the New Science of the State

Education and the Family

1. Feminism and the Twilight of Civilisation

2. The Spiritual Problem of the Family

3. Considerations on Divorce

4. The Family as Heroic Unity

5. The Case of Montessori

Liberty and Duty

1. ‘Service to the State’ and Bureaucracy

2. Some Thoughts on Electoral Politics

3. The Two Faces of Liberalism

4. Ideas on a State as Power


1. Necessary Monarchy

2. On Monarchy

3. The Meaning and Function of Monarchy

4. Alternatives for Civilisation


1. On the Problem of Spiritual Race

2. On the Spiritual Premises of Empire

3. On Caesar’s ‘Regnum’ and Spirituality

4. The Roman Conception of Victory

5. Fascism and Freedom

6. The Deputy of God

7. Being of the Right

8. Hierarchy and Personality

The Crisis of Modern Society

1. The Crisis of Modernity

2. Awaken, Nobility!

3. Imperial Universalism and Nationalistic Particularism


1. The Meaning of Aristocracy for the Anti-Bourgeois Front

2. Custodian Aristocracy

3. On the Essence and the Present Function of the Aristocratic Spirit


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