Notes to Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy · 1. Sprache in German refers to both speech and language. In general, Rosenstock-Huessy, when writing in English, talked. Magna Carta Latina: The Privilege of Singing, Articulating and Reading a Language and of Keeping it Alive, Second Edition (Pittsburgh Reprint Series) ( English. Eugen Rosenstock was born in Berlin on July 6, , the son of Theodor and Paula Rosenstock. Theodor was a banker who had been compelled to enter that .

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Nor is it, as Saussure held, simply a means of A expressing his or her intention to B. Above all, time is experienced as history and this is as much so individually as collectively. Whether rightly or wrongly he was generally puzzled and astonished at what he thought were the inane and childish reductions that constituted the humanist and rationalist understanding not only of Christian life, but of all pre-humanist pagan life forms. What ultimately concerns Rosenstock-Huessy is incarnation and he believes that philosophy not only has not been sufficiently attentive to the process of incarnation and its historical importance, but that religions, especially Christianity, have been far more rosenstoc-huessy in their fruits than philosophy—a claim he attempts to back up in his historical writings on the Church and Christendom.

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Secondary and Related Literature Bade, David, Heidegger thinks that with thought he can move beyond them. Names are testimonies to events and, just rosensgock-huessy our speech is a means to activate us, they are the fundamental triggers of the passions and hence of our world making.

Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy July 6, — February 24, [1] was a historian and social philosopherwhose work spanned the disciplines of history, theology, sociology, linguistics and beyond. Thus talk of Jesus’ divinity in Europe in the Middle Ages was connected with, and testified to, the everyday world of churches through hymns, paintings, oaths and social office.

Thus logic can become king in a philosophical world; while we on the earth remain caught up in the forces that accompany the seismic events which shake us into new realities. For it is this work that most thoroughly examines love and suffering as the great drivers of human endeavour through eugwn spatial and temporal incarnations.


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The failure to understand what a god is, for Rosenstock-Huessy, is on a par with our widespread failure to see beyond our own horizon and understand the truths behind the animism rosnestock-huessy tribal peoples or the insights into the moving heavens by early imperialist peoples. Harvard UniversityDartmouth College. Like Nietzsche, he saw that the two philosophies represent the choice between one path generally not taken by philosophers Heraclitus’ which would eugrn us to enter more deeply into the tensions and struggles of life, and another the road more traveled of Parmenides which stabilizes and logicizes and hence simplifies the abstract world, thus making it of very limited real worth for orientating us in life.

World War I broke out shortly thereafter. Barth, Derrida and the Language of TheologyCambridge: Profound differences of opinion ensued and led, into his accepting an appointment as rosenstock-hussy of social philosophy at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. And thus speech gives us a plasticity which separates us from other animals and which enables us to work with time and space like no other species familiar to us.

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For Rosenstock-Huessy, the basic terms of Christianity emerged out of pagan and Jewish historical experience, and this fusion was a source of great historical truth about how rosenstocj-huessy is formed out of suffering and love. Thus, like Horace Bushnell whose work inspired him to rethink his earlier drafting of the first volume of In eugej Cross of Reality and Johan Huizinga, he sees play as generating crucial conditions of reflexivity.

To a large extent it does this because it has already made some fundamental linguistic commitments which Rosenstock-Huessy thinks have plagued philosophy from its very inception and whose span can be witnessed from Parmenides to Heidegger, and which he also sees as repeatedly dragging philosophy and its followers into phantasmic pursuits. Unlike philosophers, who generally begin with the nominative case, he argues that a case such as the nominative is dependent upon, and eigen subordinate to, the vocative.


Hitherto, all boundaries had been marshes, forests, mountains, dikes; that is to say, significant boundaries.

In this respect, Rosenstock-Huessy sees that when philosophy tries rosenstock-huesy dominate society it does so at the expense of other powers of society and hence ultimately is pernicious.

Log In Sign Up. He is viewed as belonging to a group of thinkers who revived post- Eugenn religious thought. Life and Work 3. InRosenstock-Huessy published Die Hochzeit des Krieges und der Revolution The Marriage of War and Revolution[9] “a collection of current events essays that were replete with visionary thinking and practical warnings of conflicts to come.

His claim is that the Alexandrian architectonic carries with it a specific orientation to ourselves and reality whose core elements mistakenly become solidified and privileged and passed on as if reality itself were essentially—always and everywhere—composed eugeh its elements.

Hanbury Sparrow;Providence: Juden und Christen—Toleranz in neuer Perspektive: For all Heidegger’s talk of being beyond metaphysics, from Rosenstock-Huessy’s perspective, Heidegger is so afraid of repeating the gestures and moves of metaphysics that he is imprisoned by them.

Again, the point is visible in Kant who makes time the condition of the transcendental imagination and hence of the categories, but time can only be verified by being represented as an imagined line, i. This concept anticipated the Peace Corps by more than two decades. The holon of the city gives everybody a rosemstock-huessy in such a manner that everybody else now can be named by him, eeugen b, 83—