Tag Archives: Oswald Spengler

imaginary museum

…As the chief curator and guide of the Imaginary Museum, Andre Malraux recalled Toynbee and Spengler. For one thing, he shares their infatuation with the past, their conviction that it can speak to us, that stones have tongues. For another, … Continue reading

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malraux: patterns across the universe

…As the chief curator and guide of the Imaginary Museum, Malraux recalls Toynbee and Spengler. For one thing, he shared their infatuation with the past, their conviction it can speak to us, that stones have tongues. For another, he shared … Continue reading

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across the great divide: leave it behind

Early in the twentieth century Oswald Spengler, in The Decline of the West, wrote of the irreversible historical pattern of growth, flowering, withering, and decay that has marked the destiny of every known civilization and is, he said, now undoing … Continue reading

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trampling on the idea of progress

Is history without meaning, without power and without hope ? … …Even if professionals hold up their hands in horror at the idea of drawing lessons from history, others, far less capable, do not. Toynbee had no hesitation in trampling … Continue reading

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history re-eats itself

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? An appealing title for a savage, grim, searing, three hour dialogue between a historian and his wife. The personal situation, dominated by a screeching Earth Mother, the historian’s wife, provides the focus of … Continue reading

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avoiding the seductive charms of despair

“Returning form Syracuse?” ….Four hundred years ago, the French “politiques” advanced the novel, and totally subversive notion of the time that people of different religious persuasions could live together, in peace, in the same country and under the same sovereign. … Continue reading

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those were the days

In The End of Art, Donald Kuspit argues that art is over because it has lost its aesthetic import. Art has been replaced by ‘postart’, a term invented by Alan Kaprow, as a new visual category that elevates the banal … Continue reading

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“I pledge allegiance…”

Are we Rome in decline, a dying society? One may doubt that we have reached that point of dissolution, where in the phrase of Giovanni Battista Vico men “finally go mad and waste their substance.” One may doubt the ultimately … Continue reading

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summer of discontent: is the end near?

” The nature of people is first crude, then severe, ┬áthen benign, then delicate, finally dissolute.” ( Vico) People have no doubt been bemoaning the decadence of the times since the expulsion from the Garden. But what actually constitutes decadence … Continue reading

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history undone:android basterds

A vision of the primeval past wandering out of an imaginary forest of pre-historic times, lost in quirk of time. Yes, its the same notorious auroch found in the cave of Lascaux in southern France. The ferocious wild ancestor of … Continue reading

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