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'The German Heraclitus: Exploring the esoteric habitus of Oswald Spengler'

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Despite a successful career as one of Germany’s leading intellectuals, Oswald Spengler maintained the view that his ideas were never genuinely understood, even after numerous attempts at explaining them. Since the publication of The Decline of the West in 1918, scholars have struggled to properly categorise Spengler’s philosophy. Was it conservative pessimism, Hegelian idealism, or simply irrationalism? This talk addresses the esoteric aspects of Spengler’s work and suggests an alternative approach to understanding his message as part of a larger narrative of esoteric thought in Germany.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Lunchtime Seminar Series - Wednesdays of Full Term series.

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