I am an Impure Thinker

By Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

Foreword by W. H. Auden

I am an Impure Thinker

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  • ISBN: 9781620324455
  • Pages: 250
  • Publication Date: 4/8/2013
  • Retail Price: $19.00
Web Price: $15.20
Web Price: $15.20

I am an Impure Thinker

By Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

Foreword by W. H. Auden

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  • ISBN: 9781620324455
  • Pages: 250
  • Publication Date: 4/8/2013
  • Retail Price: $19.00
Web Price: $15.20

Endorsements & Reviews-

"The historical nature of man is the aspect of reality about which we have been basically and emphatically instructed in the epoch of thought beginning with Hegel . . . Rosenstock-Huessy has concretized this teaching in so living a way as no other teacher before him has done."
Martin Buber

"Rosenstock-Huessy continually astonishes one by his dazzling and unique insights."
WH.Auden

"He was a thinker of startling power and originality in my view an authentic genius of whom no age produces more than a handful."
Page Smith

"Rosenstock-Huessy's is a powerful and original mind. What is most important in his work is the understanding of the relevance of traditional value to a civilization still undergoing revolutionary transformations; and this contribution will gain rather than lose significance in the future."
Lewis Mumford

Contributors-

Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy
W. H. Auden

Bio(s)-

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.

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