: 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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Certainly Man and Technics has many things in common with Der Untergang — its brooding character, grand ambition, and agonistic vision of life. But there is also, underneath that, something different. To see what this is, though, a little context might help. But Spengler, for his part, resisted their efforts, complaining, if obliquely, that their militaristic zeal was just as shallow as those of twchnics bourgeoisie.

Talk of destiny is, of course, not new to Spengler. In time, they degenerate into civilizations, orderly and stable, lacking vigorous energy and so declining into defeat or extinction. Emboldened by the rise of National Socialism, the new mood mah more optimistic. Certainly it now came to seem premature for Spengler to speak of German decline, with so many signs of activity, life, and power. Psengler sentiments flowed through writings by other reactionary modernists in the early s, always with industrial technology as a proof and symbol of this restoration.


Man And Technics (1932)

Indeed, ours is the final stage, the dramatic point of culmination. It is at this point that Spengler combines his earlier historical determinism with the new sense of agency and power. Man and Technics is full of these sorts of remarks, testaments to the evocative style and vision of its author.

Spengler is, if nothing else, a fascinating read, captivating and frustrating in almost equal measure.

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Certainly no-one should read his works as historical analyses, much less as prognostications, even if his vision of the relentless extension of technology into all areas of life does ring true. There are many technophiles writing, during this period, among whom Spengler sits among the most dramatic.

His criticisms of Nazi ideology, such as its racist biology, made his final days uncomfortable. Declining invitations to honours, professorships, and invitations to address the Nazi elite, Spengler awkwardly played up to his lone prophet status.

Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life by Oswald Spengler

Studying the morphology of world-history, then, meant staying away from local and particular manifestations of its deep rhythms and dynamics.


Fortunately for Spengler, the Nazis froze him out, leaving him to live out his days reflecting on his Cassandra status as an unheeded prophet.

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. Certainly the existing scholarship on Spengler does not exhaust his interest or influence on ane history, politics, or philosophy—barely a handful of books exist, alongside a small scholarship.

The few who read techniccs, though, may find something more interesting than they might expect from the brooding, pessimistic author of Decline of the West. A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life Transl.

He has research interests in the history of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Austro-German philosophy and co-edited Wittgenstein and Scientism Routledge, Discussion Comments are disallowed for this post.