I am an Impure Thinker

I am an Impure Thinker

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ISBN-13: 9781620324455
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2013
Series: An Argo Book
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (1888-1973) was a sociologist and social philosopher who, along with his close friend Franz Rosenzweig, and Ferdinand Ebner and Martin Buber, was a major exponent of speech thinking or dialogicism. The central insight of speech thinking is that speech or language is not merely, or even primarily, a descriptive act, but a responsive and creative act, which is the basis of our social existence. The greater part of Rosenstock-Huessy's work was devoted to demonstrating how speech/language, through its unpredictable fecundity, expands our powers and, through its inescapably historical forming character, also binds them. Born in Berlin, Germany into a non-observant Jewish family, he converted to Christianity in his late teens. He met and married Margrit Hussy in 1914. Rosenstock-Huessy served as an officer in the German army during World War I. He then pursued an academic career in Germany as a specialist in medieval law, which was disrupted by the rise of Nazism. In 1933, after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, he immigrated to the United States where he began a new academic career, initially at Harvard University and then at Dartmouth College, where he taught from 1935 to 1957.

Table of Contents

Foreword W.H. Auden 1

Editors' Introduction iii

1 Farewell to Descartes 1

2 The Soul of William James 20

3 Modern Man's Disintegration and the Egyptian Ka 35

4 The Four Phases of Speech 53

5 The Quadrilateral of Human Logic 65

6 The Twelve Tones of the Spirit 69

7 Heraclitus to Parmenides 77

8 Teaching Too Late, Learning Too Early 91

9 When the Four Gospels Were Written 115

10 Tribalism 120

11 Polybius, or the Reproduction of Government 136

12 Immigration of the Spirit 165

13 Metanoia: To Think Anew 182

Appendix

Biography of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy 195

Available Works 203

Index 211

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