: Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life ( ): Oswald Spengler: Books. In this new and revised edition of Oswald Spengler’s classic, Man and Technics, Spengler makes a number of predictions that today, more than eighty years after . Man & Technics – A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life (, by Oswald Spengler. Publication date Topics philosophy, geopolitics.

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Basically Etchnics Decline of the West pt. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. His childhood home was emotionally reserved, Oswald Spengler was born in in Blankenburg then in the Duchy of Brunswick, German Empire at the foot of the Harz mountains, the eldest of four children, and the only boy.

Questioning the particulars of evolution was a far more viable affair in the s than it is today, and with the rise of studying rather than simply hunting animals we regard them as much closer relatives than in Spengler’s time.

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Actually there is life in it, or about it. European Philosophy categorize this paper. Here, too, he developed his affinity for the arts—especially poetry, drama, and music—and came under the influence of the ideas of Goethe and Nietzsche.

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You can have an identity without slavishly wearing a uniform, and a species can aspire to improve itself while painfully conscious of its past failures; indeed, how could it even begin to aspire without having encountered many a failure? History of Western Philosophy.

It’s still amazingly current and full of food for thoughts. The man that is great, but not good. See 1 question about Man and Technics….

Here the prey itself is mobile, and highly so, and moreover it is combative and well-equipped with dodges of all sorts. Emboldened by the rise of National Socialism, the new mood was more optimistic.

Man And Technics (1932)

If he were still up in the Alps, he would be nodding grimly down at the many atheists, feminists, and homosexuals who welcome the growing presence of a religion that reviles them. This still makes him a fascist in the catch-all sense now current. This book provides a nice conclusion to the Decline of the West by going a little deeper into how the Faustian civilization will be ended. In this he makes a number of predictions: Jan 02, Grizol rated it liked it.


The time will soon past when you could be content to live concealed int he woods like timid deer” -Friedrich Nietzsche But Spengler, for his part, resisted their efforts, complaining, if obliquely, that their militaristic zeal was just as shallow as those of the bourgeoisie.

Send your ships out into uncharted seas! Oct 25, Griffin Wilson rated it liked it. The Chinese used technics primarily as a way as scaffolding for society, less as a way forward.

Nordic Man became spiritually enslaved to the machine. May 06, Magnus Seland andersson rated it really liked it. May 20, Matt rated it liked it.

There is no other way. Dergelijke grote overzichten van de stand spsngler dingen zijn jammer genoeg uit de mode geraakt, maar ontzettend boeiend. My god I love this crazy ass German bastard. Whilst Spengler’s conception of technology as being the fruits of a predatory ur-nature, which in society is translated into creativity and Will-to-power — for its own trchnics — is interesting and his concern for ecology appreciated, the book is rife with dogmatic essentialism, a very narrow view of culture, smug pessimism and, of course, eurocentrism.

His childhood home was emotionally reserved, and the young Spengler turned to books and the great cultural personalities for succor. Stage 1 The Hand The genesis of man is the hand see Animal Farmwhich Spengler believes occurred as a sudden mutation. But each and every one of us, in and of ourselves of no importance, is for an unspeakably brief moment – abd lifetime – cast into that whirling universe.

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He has research interests in the history of teechnics and early-twentieth century Austro-German philosophy and tecunics Wittgenstein and Scientism Routledge, Talk of destiny is, of course, not new to Spengler.

More alarming is his utter contempt for Liberalism, and mocking the late 19th Century Liberals and what techncis bodes for the tecnics of Liberals following WWII. Perhaps there is hope that the breaking up of much needless economic-business-management complexity is a way forward, but perhaps that point cannot come without a violent collapse of scaffolding that collapses under its own weight, ambition, and centralization.


He owned no books, and took jobs as a tutor or wrote for magazines to earn additional income. Live in conflict with your equals and with yourselves! We should not fight our nature to better ourselves, but rather live to our potential and seize what we can while we can. Sign in to use this feature. That bastard was running. True, I may have a weakness for the vague and sweeping mysticism, informed by Nietzsche as it is, that technicz color and flair to his pessimism, just as my own pessimism was once given color and flair by an adolescence thick with albums by The Cure.

Jaspers Karl – – Routledge. Maybe even better book than the former. As such, the call towards redistribution, as a result of the incomprehension of the grander orchestrations of the apparatus.

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From to he worked at a grammar znd Realgymnasium in Hamburg, where he taught science, German history, and mathematics. But there is also, underneath that, something different.

Spengler appears passionately in love with the tragic European fate; he revels in his own aporia, and the scorn he has in store for those of a different attitude “Time cannot be delayed; there is no sage turnabout, no wise renunciation.

Similar sentiments flowed through writings by other reactionary modernists in the early s, always with industrial technology as a proof and symbol of this restoration. This was what Nietzsche meant by decadence: This book examines what Spengler takes to be the impacts of technology on the human race, particularly “Faustian” or Western civilization; in some ways it reminds me of Ted Kaczynski, but backed instead by his ideas concerning the morphology of history.

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