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The Esoteric Science of Antoine Fabre d’Olivet

Works of the influential 19th century French esoteric metaphysician

The Secret Lore of Music

The Secret Lore of Music: The Hidden Power of Orpheus by Hermetic Library figure Fabre d’Olivet, translated by Hermetic Library fellow Joscelyn Godwin, a new 1997 edition of Music Explained as Science and Art paperback from Inner Traditions, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Fabre d'Olivet Joscelyn Godwin The Secret Lore of Music from Inner Traditions

“Ever since Pythagoras demonstrated the mathematical basis of music and its profound effect ont he soul, the Western esoteric tradition has been deeply involved with the science and art of tone. Fabre d’Olivet (1767–1825) was the first to restate Pythagoras’s ideas in modern terms and to show the way for music to regain its spiritual heritage. He calls for a complete reevaluation of its nature and purpose. Fearless in his criticism of modern trivialization of music, d’Olivet recalls its ancient glory in China, Egypt, and Greece. He shows that music is sacred art rooted in the same principles as the universe itself and that it is intimately connected with the destiny of humankind.” — back cover


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Divisions of Mankind Considered as Kingdom of Man, in Four Principle Races—Digression on the White Race—Object of this Work

I’ve added a new chapter to Fabre d’Olivet‘s Hermeneutic Interpretation of the Origin of the Social State of Man and of the Destiny of the Adamic Race, the first chapter of book one, “Divisions of Mankind Considered as Kingdom of Man, in Four Principle Races—Digression on the White Race—Object of this Work“.

I was planning on posting quotes from this today, but honestly I’m having such a complete semantic allergy to all the blather about race that I just can’t bring myself to sift through this chapter to find quotes that don’t make me want to puke. So, you know, check it out, if you want; it’s one of those things that is interesting more because of what it demonstrates about the author and the prevailing attitudes of the time in which the author was writing than the content in and of itself; but, I personally find the content of this chapter kind of reprehensible intellectually and emotionally.

This chapter seems more like a great introduction to the more backward ideas in the works of Robert E. Howard than something useful to me personally in my studies. I hope the rest of the book isn’t like this. I really had high hopes for this Fabre d’Olivet work. I may end up switching to one of his other works instead if this represents the character of the rest.