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The Decline of the West All genuine historical work is philosophy, unless it is mere ant industry Gibbon s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is one of my favorite books, not only because it is written so beautifully, but because of the spectacle of decline of a great empire slowly and inevitably crumbling The scene is irresistibly tragic Like a Macbeth or an Oedipus, the Empire succumbs to itself, brought down by its own efforts at self expansion Or perhaps the scene can be better compared to the Fall of Man in All genuine historical work is philosophy, unless it is mere ant industry Gibbon s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is one of my favorite books, not only because it is written so beautifully, but because of the spectacle of decline of a great empire slowly and inevitably crumbling The scene is irresistibly tragic Like a Macbeth or an Oedipus, the Empire succumbs to itself, brought down by its own efforts at self expansion Or perhaps the scene can be better compared to the Fall of Man in Milton s poem, a grand cosmic undoing, followed by the heroic struggle against the inevitable.Besides the sublime tragedy of Rome s decline, it fascinates because it gives us a f It s not often you come across a perfectly internally consistent and well argued sociological theory of everything, often dipping into several other academic disciplines from art history over scientific theory to theology, that also happens to offendor less every single currently popular ideology in every single chapter.Though generally categorized as conservative, if Spengler can be called that he s very selectively so The model of cultural and social history presented in The Decline of It s not often you come across a perfectly internally consistent and well argued sociological theory of everything, often dipping into several other academic disciplines from art history over scientific theory to theology, that also happens to offendor less every single currently popular ideology in every single chapter.Though generally categorized as conservative, if Spengler can be called that he s very selectively so The model of cultural and social history presented in The Decline of the West does not fit easily into such a box even it that one happens to be the closest fit The best way to describe Spengler s historiography is that he takes G W F Hegel s idealistic model of history but removes the entire dialectic structure in addition to combining it with a hardline cultural relativism that wouldn t become popular in academia until It has to be stated up front that I read TDOTW in its abridged format and while Werner and Helps did as well as they could have under their space restrictions, this book is still a stunted patchwork of Herr Spengler s full form thought I ve been referencing my unabridged PDF copy alongside this handsomely bound patient and at times the surgery has been severe, the amputation close to the joint If you have neither the money nor the time to do Spengler the justice of imbibing the entirety of hi It has to be stated up front that I read TDOTW in its abridged format and while Werner and Helps did as well as they could have under their space restrictions, this book is still a stunted patchwork of Herr Spengler s full form thought I ve been referencing my unabridged PDF copy alongside this handsomely bound patient and at times the surgery has been severe, the amputation close to the joint If you have neither the money nor the time to do Spengler the justice of imbibing the entirety of his intellectual offering, then in such a pinch the abridgement will certainly do but I would recommend searching out the two volumes in order to experience to the full the magisterial effort that the author has made in presenting his complex theory to the public. Oswald Spengler s The Decline of the West was a huge international bestseller after the First World War for reasons that will become obvious, and for reasons that may be just as much so, Spengler considered his theories prophetic and completely justified given that he started this book in 1911 before the shit totally hit the fan Spengler s wide ranging theories on the subject of history writing include the repeated idea that the vast majority of historians can do nothan write history from Oswald Spengler s The Decline of the West was a huge international bestseller after the First World War for reasons that will become obvious, and for reasons that may be just as much so, Spengler considered his theories prophetic and completely justified given that he started this book in 1911 before the shit totally hit the fan Spengler s wide ranging theories on the subject of history writing include the repeated idea that the vast majority of historians can do nothan write history from from their self centered points of view of a present they considerimportant than any other time Spengler turns out to be guilty of this charge himself, imparting a special meaning onto his own time that many others have seen in theirs the End of Days However, Spengler did not mean this in the completely apocalyptic Christian sense, but instead termed it the wintertime of Faustian civilization In admittedly fascinating and frequently beautiful if problematically rather Everybody with even the slightest interest in History must read this It s one of the most influental book of the last century, and one of the most original History book ever written You might love it, you might hate it, but you must read it Everybody with even the sl It took me about a year, but I finally finished reading the complete, unabridged version of Oswald Spengler s Decline of the West This is an awe inspiring book that presents an epic yet tragic view of the rise and inevitable fall of the world s great civilizations As the title suggests, its main focus is on the impending decline and fall of Western civilization.Spengler s thesis is that all cultures are born, mature, and then die, just like organisms The early stages of culture are the most c It took me about a year, but I finally finished reading the complete, unabridged version of Oswald Spengler s Decline of the West This is an awe inspiring book that presents an epic yet tragic view of the rise and inevitable fall of the world s great civilizations As the title suggests, its main focus is on the impending decline and fall of Western civilization.Spengler s thesis is that all cultures are born, mature, and then die, just like organisms The early stages of culture are the most creative and dynamic while the later stages what Spengler calls civilization become formalized and mechanical before withering away One of the most controversial aspects of Spengler s book is his claim that once it has descended into its declining stages, there is no future or hope for the rejuvenation of a culture The West, Spengler claims, has reached just this point.One of the most refreshing aspects of this book is Spengler s insis While I was still in the middle of this book, a guy who works at a fish and chip shop near where I work told me that we are living in a time of intellectual apogee where the most ordinary people have knowledge of the world around them undreamed of by those of the near past Religion needs to die Superstitions are all hooey We need to kick clear and bask forth in our great sense of overwhelming factorama, where the pursuit and claiming of another coloured Trivial Pursuit cheese that is knowing While I was still in the middle of this book, a guy who works at a fish and chip shop near where I work told me that we are living in a time of intellectual apogee where the most ordinary people have knowledge of the world around them undreamed of by those of the near past Religion needs to die Superstitions are all hooey We need to kick clear and bask forth in our great sense of overwhelming factorama, where the pursuit and claiming of another coloured Trivial Pursuit cheese that is knowingness is the proof of our ongoing ascent into Elysium not his exact words.And he is both a little right and very wrong.While it is certainly true thatpeople know trivial things than ever before, less and less people know anythingdeep than the apparent rockroll complexity of a comic book character with claws and related badassery Optimism is cowardice, Spengler m I was a Spengler guy before I d even heard of Spengler and my first read of this last year only confirmed it Re reading this and tried it on the free Kindle edition filled with odd formatting, typos, errors, and even missing sections If you pay attention, you can make out what is being explained but be forewarned, it s not pretty switching back to my trusty paperback Sloppiness aside, the Kindle edition still is, however, FREE There is also another Kindle edition for sale, which I assume I was a Spengler guy before I d even heard of Spengler and my first read of this last year only con Since Its First Publication In Two Volumes Between, The Decline Of The West Has Ranked As One Of The Most Widely Read And Most Talked About Books Of Our Time In All Its Various Editions, It Has Sold Nearly , Copies A Twentieth Century Cassandra, Oswald Spengler Thoroughly Probed The Origin And Fate Of Our Civilization, And The Result Can Be And Has Been Read As A Prophesy Of The Nazi Regime His Challenging Views Have Led To Harsh Criticism Over The Years, But The Knowledge And Eloquence That Went Into His Sweeping Study Of Western Culture Have Kept The Decline Of The West Alive As The Face Of Germany And Europe As A Whole Continues To Change Each Day, The Decline Of The West Cannot Be Ignored The Abridgment, Prepared By The German Scholar Helmut Werner, With The Blessing Of The Spengler Estate, Consists Of Selections From The Original Translated Into English By Charles Francis Atkinson Linked By Explanatory Passages Which Have Been Put Into English By Arthur Helps H Stuart Hughes Has Written A New Introduction For This Edition In This Engrossing And Highly Controversial Philosophy Of History, Spengler Describes How We Have Entered Into A Centuries Long World Historical Phase Comparable To Late Antiquity Guided By The Philosophies Of Goethe And Nietzsche, He Rejects Linear Progression, And Instead Presents A World View Based On The Cyclical Rise And Decline Of Civilizations He Argues That A Culture Blossoms From The Soil Of A Definable Landscape And Dies When It Has Exhausted All Of Its Possibilities Despite Spengler S Reputation Today As An Extreme Pessimist, The Decline Of The West Remains Essential Reading For Anyone Interested In The History Of Civilization Rapidly becoming one of my favorite books both in prose and in subject matter Truly a learned mind exploding into powerful allegories on almost every page, limitless in scope and madepoignant by the fact that is was published in the era of the Versailles Treaty, wracked with national demoralization and the smell of revolution or senseless violence in the air And this is only the abridged version From

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