ISBN-10:
0807127272
ISBN-13:
9780807127278
Pub. Date:
06/01/2001
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Prophet of Decline: Spengler on World History and Politics / Edition 1

Prophet of Decline: Spengler on World History and Politics / Edition 1

by John FarrenkopfJohn Farrenkopf

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Overview

Oswald Spengler (1880—1936) is best known for The Decline of the West, in which he propounded his pathbreaking philosophy of world history and penetrating diagnosis of the crisis of modernity. This monumental work launched a seminal attack on the idea of progress and supplanted the outmoded Eurocentric understanding of history. His provocative pessimism seems to be confirmed in retrospect by the twentieth-century horrors of economic depression, totalitarianism, genocide, the dawn of the nuclear age, and the emerging global environmental crisis.
In Prophet of Decline, John Farrenkopf takes advantage of the historical perspective the end of the millennium provides to reassess this visionary thinker and his challenging ideas on world history and politics and modern civilization. Farrenkopf's assessment ranges widely, placing Spengler's philosophy in its intellectual historical context and covering Spengler's ideas on democracy, capitalism, science and technology, cities, Western art, social change, and human exploitation of the environment. He also illuminates the implications of Spengler's thought for contemplating from a fresh perspective the future of the United States, the leading power of the West.
Prophet of Decline is highly relevant today as many take the opportunity at the turn of the century to ponder again the direction in which humankind and our global community are moving and approach with concern the uncertain future amid globalization, hypercomplexity, and accelerating change. An interdisciplinary book about an interdisciplinary thinker, it is a substantial contribution to the literature of historical philosophy, political science, international relations, and German studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807127278
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2001
Series: Political Traditions in Foreign Policy Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

An independent scholar, John Farrenkopf lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. The author of numerous articles, he has spent several years conducting research in Germany and has taught at the University of Virginia and Northwestern University.

An independent scholar, John Farrenkopf lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. The author of numerous articles, he has spent several years conducting research in Germany and has taught at the University of Virginia and Northwestern University.

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