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Royalist philosopher.

Maistre argued that the "rationalist" rejection of Christianity was directly responsible for the disorder and bloodshed which followed the French Revolution of 1789.[8][9]

"Thomas Garett Isham wrote the book Contra Mundum about Joseph de Maistre and his ties to esoteric teaching. In particular, he compares Maistre to Guenon in a fruitful way. He has previously written a few books on the Enneagram. [...] The most influential essays on Maistre have been by the atheist Isaiah Berlin and by the nihilist Emil Cioran. As Mr. Isham points out, they both see in Maistre only a proto-fascist; yet Berlin condemns him and Cioran praises him. Obviously, such an anachronism does a disservice to Maistre. Berlin and Cioran are unaware of the Maistre’s deeper spiritual project.

First of all, he was intransigently opposed to the philosophes of the Enlightenment. Although a conventionally religious Catholic, he recognized the importance of the esoteric dimension, which was not opposed to exoteric practice. Thus for years, he was a member of a Masonic lodge. But that was at a time when it was more focused on esoteric ideas, before the Masons became a secretive political power. In particular, Maistre was influenced by the illuminist writings of Louis Claude de Saint-Martin."* 


Influence on: Julius Evola; CRx; Reaction; Reactionaries; Neoreaction

Leftism; Revolution


[*] Source: «Angels, Templars, and Joseph de Maistre» by "Cologero", 2019.