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By Oswald Spengler

The Decline of the West quantity I: shape and Actuality
By Oswald Spengler

Contents

I-Introduction
II-The that means of Numbers
III-The challenge of World-history--Physiognomic and Systematic
IV-The challenge of World-history--The Destiny-idea and the Causality-principle
V-Makrokosmos--The Symbolism of the World-picture and the matter of area
VI-Makrokosmos--Apollinian, Faustian, and Magian Soul
VII-Music and Plastic--The Arts of shape
VIII-Music and Plastic--Act and Portrait
IX-Soul-image and Life-feeling--On the shape of the Soul
X-Soul-image and Life-feeling--Buddhism, Stoicism, and Socialism
XI-Faustian and Apollinian Nature-Knowledge

Introduction

In this ebook is tried for the 1st time the enterprise of predetermining background, of following the nonetheless untravelled phases within the future of a tradition, and in particular of the single tradition of our time and on our planet that is really within the section of fulfilment--the West-European-American.

Hitherto the potential of fixing an issue so far-reaching has obviously by no means been envisaged, or even if it have been so, the technique of facing it have been both altogether unsuspected or, at top, inadequately used.

Is there a common sense of background? Is there, past the entire informal and incalculable components of the separate occasions, anything that we may perhaps name a metaphysical constitution of historical humanity, whatever that's primarily self reliant of the outward forms--social, religious and political--which we see so truly? aren't those actualities certainly secondary or derived from that anything? Does world-history current to the seeing eye yes grand characteristics, many times, with enough fidelity to justify definite conclusions? And if that is so, what are the bounds to which reasoning from such premisses could be driven?

Is it attainable to discover in existence itself--for human background is the sum of amazing life-courses which have already got needed to be endowed with ego and character, in accepted proposal and expression, by way of predicating entities of a better order like "the Classical" or "the chinese language Culture," "Modern Civilization"--a sequence of phases which needs to be traversed, and traversed in addition in an ordered and compulsory series? For every thing natural the notions of beginning, dying, formative years, age, lifetime are fundamentals--may now not those notions, during this sphere additionally, own a rigorous that means which nobody has as but extracted? briefly, is all background based upon common biographic archetypes?

The decline of the West, which first and foremost sight might sound, just like the corresponding decline of the Classical tradition, a phenomenon restricted in time and area, we now understand to be a philosophical challenge that, whilst comprehended...

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