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Concepts of culture and technology in Germany, 1916-1933: Ernst Cassirer and Oswald Spengler

Gusejnova, Dina (2006) Concepts of culture and technology in Germany, 1916-1933: Ernst Cassirer and Oswald Spengler. Journal of European Studies, 36 (1). pp. 5-30. ISSN 0047-2441

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0047244106062557

Abstract

While recent years have seen a renaissance of interest in works by Cassirer, Spengler’s works have generated considerably less academic attention, to the extent that they are left out of accounts of Cassirer’s political thought. A detailed comparison between their concepts of culture (and technological progress) has not been undertaken before. Cassirer saw in Spengler an important intellectual opponent, and undertook a detailed reversal of Spengler’s propositions. As this essay shows, the tensions between the two thinkers, set in the context of the contemporary political climate, invite a reconsideration of the common characterization of Cassirer as a predominantly apolitical scholar, and emphasize that Spengler’s work ought to be taken far more seriously as a contribution to a philosophical and political debate in late Weimar Germany.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/jes
Additional Information: © 2006 SAGE Publications
Divisions: International History
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 11:54
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 07:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101758

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