Friday, 25 October 2013

Spengler: Thoughts & Perspectives, Volume Ten

BORN in Blankenburg, close to the Harz Mountains, Oswald Spengler (1880-1936) was a leading German philosopher and one of the foremost luminaries of the Conservative Revolution. His masterpiece, The Decline of the West, was published in two volumes between 1918 and 1923. The work itself - partly inspired by Goethe and Nietzsche - postulated the idea that cultures and civilisations are cyclical and rise and fall like biological organisms. The text was a dagger thrust at the erroneous heart of the progressivist notion that history is purely linear and that Western civilisation is somehow immune to the indomitable march of time. Spengler's other books include Prussianism and Socialism (1920), Man and Technics (1931) and The Hour of Decision (1933). In the present work, edited by Troy Southgate, the following themes are explored: Spengler and Russia; Egalitarian Eugenics in the Age of Caesarism; Oswald Spengler & Brooks Adams: The Economics of Cultural Decline; Spengler and German Socialism: The Weimar Period Reconsidered; Russia: Bulwark Against Decline; Chained to the Machine: A Critique of Spengler's Man and Technics; The Numinous Genesis of Culture; and finally, Spengler: A Man for All Seasons. Contributors include Troy Southgate, K.R. Bolton, Alex Kurtagic, Christopher Pankhurst, John Howells and Dimitris Michalopoulos.

June 2012, Black Front Press, paperback, 264pp. Cover Designed by Jeff Harrison.
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