: 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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Now, as then, abd is my conviction that the destiny of Man can only be understood by dealing with all the provinces of his activity simultaneously and comparatively, and avoiding the mistake of trying to elucidate some problem, say, of his politics or his religion or his art, solely in terms of particular sides of his being, in the belief that, this done, there is no more to be said. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred.

The honorable end is the one thing that can not be taken from a man. In consequence they obtain an incorrect picture, both of what I have written and of the subject-matter about which I wrote.

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Return to Book Page. Man is superior to animal whatever that may meantechnicx men are born to lead while others are only good for obeying, duty itself is a priori nobl 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 sake — 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.

I rate this only 3 stars mostly because I found his argumentation in these first sections to be too short and unconvincing to justify what technifs was trying to say. Books qnd Oswald Spengler. The man that is great, but not good.

To ask other readers questions about Man and Technicsplease sign up. It’s amazing to watch him make an ass of himself insofar as Darwin is concerned, and then make up a bunch of stuff about spenglrr historical trends adn ignore all manner of actual, contemporary scholarship on the matter at hand, and then watch him turn around and st Here’s the thing: Every drop of water is a battlefield and we, who have the land-battle so constantly before our eyes that it is taken for granted or even forgotten, shudder to see how the fantastic forms of the deep sea carry on the life of killing and being killed.


One of the key aspects of Spengler’s work was the cycle, and reading this book 85 years on, you can’t help but look for patterns and parallels. He even experimented with a few artistic creations, some of which still survive.

But experience with the earlier work showed that the majority of readers are not in a postion to maintain a general view over the mass of ideas as a whole, and so lose themselves in the detail of this or that domain which is familiar to them, seeing the rest either obliquely or not at all. Talk of destiny is, of course, not new to Spengler. anv

Man And Technics (1932)

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? This is true to a degree, and has become more true as the value they produce has become proportionately larger. 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.

After his father’s death in Spengler attended several universities Munich, Berlin, and Halle as a private scholar, taking courses in a wide range of subjects: Fuck me, the more I read this stuff the worse shit gets.

Basically The Decline of the West pt. Paperbackpages. Spengler survived on very limited means and was marked by loneliness.

But of this there are two stages. The Road to Necropolis: It is the means to collective doing enterprise. In this he makes a number of predictions: It was his conviction that the technical age — the culture of the machine age — which man had created in virtue of his unique capacity for individual as well as racial technique, had already reached its peak, and that the future held only catastrophe.


Philosophy and Theory After Deconstruction. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pom Basically The Decline of the West pt.

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In the fashion of his great mentor, Friedrich Nietzsche, Spengler gives us what he takes to be the genealogy of technics — from the birth of ‘civilization’ over 5, years ago to the modern, scientific era. Man and Technics is full of these sorts of remarks, testaments to the evocative style and vision spentler its spegler.

Sarsilan essee taas tuntuu kovin repaleiselta, kuin muistiinpanoista kasaan kursitulta. Byhis influence was almost nil, although interest in his work would sporadically recur, not least among scholars of Heidegger and Ludwig Wittgenstein, and other cultural pessimists. In this short treatise, Spengler sets out, through some hackneyed and truncated anthropological gymnastics and philosophical assumptions, to chart ad path and destiny of humanity in general by way of a very specific tribe of that humanity, the proud — and, in essence, superior — Nordic.

However, the pessimism does incline towards a more concrete resolution of things, a sort of tragic decay.

He is, however, a horrible historian and an even worse scientist. Oct 25, Griffin Wilson rated it liked it. He was a human being that was driven to live; indeed, his submission to the state was an exercise in that very real biological imperative.