Oswald Spengler was born in Blankenburg (Harz) in central Germany in , the eldest of four children, and the only boy. His mother's side of the family was. Oswald Arnold Gottfried Spengler (29 May – 8 May ) was a German historian and philosopher of history whose interests included mathematics, Main interests: Philosophy of history. DER UNTERGANG DES ABENDLANDES: UMRISSE EINER MORPHOLOGIE DER WELTGESCHICHTE. BY OSWALD SPENGLER. Munich: Beck, v. I, "Gestalt.
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At the age of ten, his family moved to the university city of Halle. Here Spengler received oswald spengler classical education at the local Gymnasium academically Oswald Spengler was born in in Blankenburg then in the Duchy of Brunswick, German Empire at the foot of the Harz mountains, the eldest of four children, and the only boy.
Here Spengler received a classical education at oswald spengler local Gymnasium academically oriented secondary schoolstudying Greek, Latin, mathematics oswald spengler natural sciences. Here, too, he developed his affinity for the arts—especially poetry, drama, and music—and came under the influence of the ideas of Goethe and Nietzsche.
And now to the decisive factor: Man and Technics oswald spengler edit ] Optimism is cowardice. The Hour of Decision 19 August The principle of inorganic equality was for them crucial.
Men of the stamp of Jahn and Arndt had no notion that it was Equality that had first sounded the cry of "Vive la nation" in the September massacres of They forgot, too, one basic fact. With the Oswald spengler also a body of soldiers was morally worth precisely as much as its officer, who had trained it by his example.
Napoleon confessed at St. Helena that he would not have been beaten had he had for his superb fighting material a corps of officers like the Austrian, a corps in which chivalrous traditions of loyalty, honour, and silent self-discipline still survived.
Once the command wavers in its intentions and its attitude—or itself abdicates, as in —the bravest regiment becomes on the spot a oswald spengler and helpless herd.
All young sects are at bottom hostile to State and property, class and rank, and are attracted to universal equality. And these same everlasting "Youths" are with us again today, immature, destitute of the slightest experience or even real desire for experience, but writing and talking away about politics, fired by uniforms and badges, and clinging fantastically to some theory or other.
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Romanticism is no sign of powerful instincts, but, on the contrary, of a weak, self-detesting intellect. They are all infantile, these Romantics; men who remain children too long or for everwithout the strength to criticize themselves, but with perpetual inhibitions arising from the obscure awareness of their own personal weakness; who are impelled by the morbid idea of reforming society, which is to them too masculine, too healthy, too sober.
There is a social Romanticism of sentimental Communists, a political Romanticism which regards election figures and the intoxication of mass-meeting oratory as deeds, and an economic Romanticism which trickles out from behind the oswald spengler theories of sick minds that know nothing of oswald spengler inner forms of modern economics.
They can only feel in the mass, where they can deaden the dull sense of their weakness by multiplying themselves. And this they call the Overcoming of Individualism.
Quotes about Spengler[ edit ] Today this unquestioned faith in the machine has been severely shaken.
Oswald Spengler: An Introduction to his Life and Ideas
The absolute validity oswald spengler the machine has become a conditioned validity: In Spengler suffered a nervous breakdown. Biographers report his life as a teacher was uneventful. From to he worked oswald spengler a grammar school Realgymnasium in Hamburgwhere he taught science, German history, and mathematics.
Infollowing oswald spengler mother's death, he moved to Munichwhere he would live until his death in He lived as a cloistered scholar, supported by his modest inheritance. Spengler survived on very limited means and was marked by loneliness.