Talk:Ananda Coomaraswamy

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Ive made several substantial additions as well as a picture, making this is a FULL wiki entry of content. Other than his son, I consider myself Dr. AK Coomaraswamy biggest fan. Also I added a link to numberless complete books for free download on - User Attasarana, Pali translator, Neoplatonist, author, Metaphysician. User:Attasarana (16 June 2006)


Theres no doubt that he was an extremely knowledgeable art historian, but this article is a bit too adoring and flattering. Just a few examples:

  • "he became one of the world’s greatest art historians"
  • "one of the most qualified and gifted interpreters of traditional symbolism to have ever lived"
  • "he had access to the deepest levels of meaning to be found in language"

Also, whats up with the "Traditionalist and Metaphysician" section? (5 July 2006)

POV tag[edit]

I've done some work to reduce the POV statements, more needs to be doneRaveenS (18 July 2006)(comment actually added by User:Taprobanus)

Traditional Buddhism[edit]

What would that be? Arrow740 23:54, 28 March 2007 (UTC)


I agree with the previous comments about this article lacking objectivity. The “His Contributions” section is impressionistic and vague. I’d rather read about “what” he thought than “how.”

In “Perennial Philosophy” I don’t really get a sense of AKC’s contribution, except for an argument of how he differed from Guenon. As far as his work on Buddhism is concerned, I was very interested to read that he provided an alternative to Guenon’s historical "power-struggle" interpretation, but I don’t know what is meant by the phrase “he rehabilitated original Buddhism.” This argument requires examples or historical data to back it up.

Knowing very little about Guenon and Schon, I can't say much about their work in Traditional Theory, but I'd love to learn more about AKC's contribution to this triad of perspectives. Please, please add more!

Lastly, there was much more to Coomaraswamy’s life than this article suggests. His own wishes notwithstanding, it actually discredits his name as one of the few truly erudite scholars of the 20th century to remember him ONLY as a Metaphysician. Where's the rest of his life? Dawnintodusk 00:50, 15 July 2007 (UTC)


The sections comparing Guenon and Coomaraswamy need to be edited for neutrality.

Ex: "His works are also intellectually more balanced." —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:40, 19 May 2008 (UTC)

Multiple issues[edit]

I agree with most of what has been said above over the past 4 years. Not sure if im the one with the time or knowledge to fix this, but as an amateur student of sophia perennis, i do have an interest in clear descriptions in WP articles related to the subject. ill probably start with some removal of small unsourced (OR?) commentaries.Mercurywoodrose (talk) 01:25, 3 January 2010 (UTC)


In the second paragraph in this section, we read that A. C. married Ethel Mary Partridge. The last sentence says that, after their divorce and her return to England, she became a "famous weaver". Since she was both a photographer of some note and a famous weaver, it is surprising that no page about her exists on Wikepedia. CorinneSD (talk) 21:38, 25 August 2013 (UTC)


In the fourth paragraph we read that A. C. met and married Ratan Devi and that they had a son and a daughter. The third sentence begins – somewhat abruptly, I think – "He moved to the United States....". There is no mention of his wife and no mention of his children until the next sentence where it tells how his children died. It would be nice to know whether he moved to the United States with, or without, his wife and children – if somebody knows. CorinneSD (talk) 21:48, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

Ananda Coomara Swamy's father Muthu Coomara Swamy was not a Brahmin. His caste, if that is important for people to know, was Vellala. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:14, 11 March 2016 (UTC)

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