: 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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Sarsilan essee taas tuntuu kovin repaleiselta, kuin muistiinpanoista kasaan kursitulta. It is at this point that Spengler combines his earlier historical determinism with the new sense of agency and power.

Mobile rated it liked it Jun 23, A great work of speculative philosophy which must be reexamined in today’s society. Dec 09, Genjiro rated it it was amazing. The Msn were almost too academic and detached, introduced some practicality, but ultimately no more than a small-time tecnics of things.

This still makes him a fascist in the catch-all sense now current. History of Western Philosophy. In he received his Ph.

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It would be a treasure to know how Spengler’s stance on these issues would be in our time. Nevertheless, in this book I venture to put forward some of the questions. Refresh and try again.

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 Pompeii, who, during the eruption of Vesuvius, died at his post because they forgot to relieve him.


The absolute value of entrepreneurship, among other things, in comparison to mindless labor, is seen not as genius, but as exploitative and arbitrary. He lived as a cloistered scholar, supported by his modest inheritance.

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Only in the west do we see it as something that is a never-ending progression, and see not horror at this, but still in some circles see it as God.

The managerial class thought seems to take reserve with this, sensing a decay of agency. Where once the flow of capital was the result of familial or individual agency, it has now anf its own artifice, managed over by middling hands.

European, Faustian culture is the most tragic culture, due to the conflict between its comprehensive intellectuality and its profound spiritual disharmony.

It implies a maximum of freedom from others and for oneself, of self-responsibility, of independence, and an extreme of necessity where that self can hold its own only by fighting and winning and destroying. Given the current suicidal path Western Europe is following, this may turn out to be one of his more accurate predictions. It was his conviction that the technical age — the culture of the machine age — which man had created in virtue of his slengler capacity for individual as well as racial technique, had already reached its peak, and that the future held only catastrophe.

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However, the pessimism does incline towards a more concrete resolution of things, a sort of tragic decay. While not racist by Germany standards, Spengler saw anc competition between the west and other cultures of the world. True, I may have a weakness for the vague and sweeping mysticism, informed by Nietzsche as it is, that gives 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.


Spengler is, if nothing else, a fascinating read, captivating and frustrating in almost equal measure. He had imperfect health, and suffered throughout his life from migraine headaches spenger from an anxiety complex.

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Similar sentiments flowed through writings by other reactionary modernists in the early s, always with industrial technology as a technisc and symbol of this restoration. I will want to read this again. It is the means to collective doing enterprise.

His criticisms of Nazi ideology, such as its racist biology, made his final days uncomfortable. Quotes from Man and Technics 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. Still less important is what moves for a couple of instants upon its surface. Send your ships out into uncharted seas! But they are interconnected, and for that reason may serve, for the time being, to help the reader to a provisional glimpse into the great secret of Man’s destiny.

Books by Oswald Spengler. But we may now use that word only with a smile, when the dessert comes out.