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Remembering Oswald Spengler:
May 29, 1880–May 8, 1936

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Oswald Spengler was born on this day in 1880. For his contributions to the philosophy of history and culture, Spengler is one of the most important philosophical influences on the North American New Right, largely by way of his disciple Francis Parker Yockey. Spengler is often wrong, but even when he errs, he does so magnificently.

Spengler’s magnum opus is The Decline of the West, 2 vols (1918 and 1922). He also wrote three shorter books: Prussianism and Socialism (1919), Man and Technics (1931), and The Hour of Decision (1934).

There is little worthwhile secondary literature on Spengler in English, and much of it appears on this site. I also recommend John Farrenkopf’s Prophet of Decline: Spengler on World History and Politics.

Spengler is one of the most often tagged figures at Counter-Currents.

Here are the main works we have published by and about Spengler:

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5 Comments

  1. Peter Quint
    Posted May 29, 2014 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Spengler’s “The Decline Of The West” is a great book. I don’t pretend to understand all its implications because I lack Spengler’s knowledge of architecture, music and mathematics. What I really liked was his explanation that western music i.e., classical music is designed to fill space or was that Houston Stewart Chamberlain in his “The Foundations of The Nineteenth Century?” Anyways if you haven’t read it you need to.

  2. Ave Maria
    Posted May 29, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    The New Right must get serious in its evaluation of Spengler. Spengler’s intellectual successor in Germany was the Jewish historiographer Karl Löwith. Both Spengler and Löwith received a modernist reply in the non-Jewish philosopher Hans Blumenberg, who is still studied today in Germany. But in the Anglosphere the latter two have been reduced to footnotes. This is certainly because Spengler’s tone is much more gripping. Guénon has exercised similar influence from rhetorical ability alone.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted May 29, 2014 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

      Your point is not exactly clear.

      • Ave Maria
        Posted May 31, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

        My point is that we should be more involved in the intellectual conversation that has taken place since 1918 instead of relying on Spengler alone.

        • Greg Johnson
          Posted May 31, 2014 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

          So you were responding to a straw man of your own construction. Now I understand.

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