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Metaphysics of War

Author(s): Julius Evola

Battle, Victory & Death in the World of Tradition

These essays, originally written by Evola during the 1930s and ’40s, deal with war from a spiritual and heroic perspective. Evola selects specific examples from the Nordic, Vedic, Roman, Persian, Islamic and other traditions to demonstrate how traditionalists can prepare themselves to experience war in a way that will allow them to overcome the limited possibilities offered by our materialistic and degraded age, thereby transcending the Age of Kali and entering the world of heroism by achieving a higher state of consciousness, which Evola depicts as an effective realisation of the ultimate purpose of life.

His call to action, however, is not that of today’s armies, which ask nothing more of their soldiers than to become mercenaries in the temporary employ of a decadent class. Still less is it a call to misdirected or nihilistic violence. Rather, Evola presents the warrior as one who lives an integrated and purposeful way of life – one who adopts a specifically Aryan view of the world in which the political aims of a war are not its ultimate justification, but rather war is seen as merely a means through which the warrior finds his calling to a higher and more complete form of existence beyond the political, and in accordance with the teachings of the great spiritual texts. More importantly, he shows how the ideal of the warrior extends beyond the battlefield into other aspects of traditional living, even in times of peace.

  • The third edition of Metaphysics of War [...] released by Arktos. This edition is a considerable better than the two previous ones. (Translated from Swedish)
    Joakim 'Oskorei' Andersen, MotpolMotpol
  • If you google his name you will find allot of misleading information about him due to the recent resurfacing of his name after [...] Steve Bannon, cited him as one of his influences. [...] This book, Metaphysics of War, along with Evola's other work can be purchased from Arktos and it is preferable to purchase it from them since they are the ones doing a great service to humanity by translating such work and making it available for all and the least we can do is give them their due credit so they can continue their services.
    Desert Fox, Pakistan DefencePakistan Defence
  • Joining us today is Dick Dickenson. Today we are talking about Metaphysics of War, a text written by Julius Evola that details the traditional world's attitude towards warfare and how it has degenerated under modernity.
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  • The Metaphysics of War is required reading for all those interested in the Traditionalist movement. But it will be of special appeal to a certain sort of man, who scorns the easy life and seeks to give birth to something noble and heroic in himself.
    Derek Hawthorne, Counter-CurrentsCounter-Currents
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1. The Forms of Warlike Heroism

2. The Sacrality of War

3. The Meaning of the Crusades

4. The Greater War and the Lesser War

5. The Metaphysics of War

6. ‘Army’ as Vision of the World

7. Race and War

8. Two Heroisms

9. Race and War: The Aryan Conception of Combat

10. Soul and Race of War

11. The Aryan Doctrine of Combat and Victory

12. The Meaning of the Warrior Element for the New Europe

13. Varieties of Heroism

14. The Roman Conception of Victory

15. Liberations

16. The Decline of Heroism



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