YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

March 3, 2018

Spengler, decline, postmodernism, myth

Until I opened Oswald Spengler’s The Decline of the West (1918-1922) . I had no idea how influential this author was and is, especially in the anti-science/technology, “postmodern” counter-culture.

But Spengler was a failed academic, a German nationalist who voted for Hitler. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_Spengler). And like Hitler, Spengler was an avowed follower of (the organic conservative) Goethe and of Nietzsche.

What Spengler did was to enhance the notions of “culture” and “relativism”(https://clarespark.com/2014/03/13/what-is-cultural-relativism/) to the point where “cultural history” and “rootedness” have taken over the humanities and the mass media alike; thus, we doubt the achievements of “science” and “the search for truth” as oppressive inventions of the dread West and “white male supremacy”.

(Instead we are supposed to worship “Nature” and the “Green” movement to avert the mass death incurred by the failed diplomacy of the 20th Century.)

Is Prometheus dead, not just “bedeviled” as my late friend Norman Levitt lamented? Am I on the wrong team, arguing that “science” is not a myth?


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