René Guénon

1886 - 1951

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René-Jean-Marie-Joseph Guénon (15 November 1886 – 7 January 1951), also known as Abd al-Wahid Yahya, was a French author and intellectual who remains an influential figure in the domain of metaphysics having written on topics ranging from "sacred science", to symbolism and initiation. In his writings, he proposes either "to expose directly some aspects of Eastern metaphysical doctrines", these doctrines being defined by him as of "universal character", or "to adapt these same doctrines for Western readers while keeping strictly faithful to their spirit"; he only endorsed the act of "handing down" these Eastern doctrines, while reiterating their "non-human character". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of René Guénon has received more than 587,724 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). René Guénon is the 522nd most popular writer (down from 515th in 2019), the 596th most popular biography from France (down from 583rd in 2019) and the 92nd most popular French Writer.

René Guénon is most famous for his work in comparative religion and metaphysics.

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Among writers, René Guénon ranks 522 out of 5,794Before him are Michel Houellebecq, Charles, Duke of Orléans, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Alcaeus of Mytilene, and Ágota Kristóf. After him are Gabriele D'Annunzio, Ismail Kadare, Gabriela Mistral, Grazia Deledda, Paul Claudel, and Georges Perec.

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Among people born in 1886, René Guénon ranks 19Before him are Ernst Thälmann, Manne Siegbahn, Gerda Wegener, Gotthard Heinrici, Karl Polanyi, and Wilhelm Furtwängler. After him are Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, Michael Curtiz, Zhu De, Hermann Broch, Jan Masaryk, and Erich Hoepner. Among people deceased in 1951, René Guénon ranks 10Before him are Arnold Schoenberg, Ferdinand Porsche, Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Wilhelm, German Crown Prince, Abdullah I of Jordan, and Arnold Sommerfeld. After him are Otto Fritz Meyerhof, Hermann Broch, Maxim Litvinov, Otto Ohlendorf, Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland, and Amélie of Orléans.

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In France

Among people born in France, René Guénon ranks 596 out of 5,234Before him are Albert Lebrun (1871), Guy Debord (1931), Charles, Duke of Orléans (1394), Élisabeth of France (1764), Alfred Werner (1866), and Louis Blériot (1872). After him are Mireille Darc (1938), Jean-de-Dieu Soult (1769), Louis de Montfort (1673), Peter IV of Aragon (1319), René Lacoste (1904), and Roger I of Sicily (1031).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, René Guénon ranks 92Before him are Boris Vian (1920), Jules Michelet (1798), George Steiner (1929), Héloïse (1101), Camille Flammarion (1842), and Charles, Duke of Orléans (1394). After him are Paul Claudel (1868), Georges Perec (1936), Bernard Gui (1261), Alfred Jarry (1873), Pierre de Ronsard (1524), and William of Rubruck (1220).