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Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

Cristaudo, Wayne (2013). Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,Winter 2013 Edition.

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Title Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy
Author Cristaudo, Wayne
Journal Name Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Publication Date 2013
Volume Number Winter 2013 Edition
ISSN 1095-5054   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Editor Zalta, Edward N.
Place of Publication Stanford, CA, United States
Publisher The Metaphysics Research Lab, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanfort University
Field of Research 440000 Philosophy and Religion
Abstract Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (1888–1973) was a sociologist and social philosopher who, along with his close friend Franz Rosenzweig, and Ferdinand Ebner and Martin Buber, was a major exponent of speech thinking or dialogicism. The central insight of speech thinking is that speech or language is not merely, or even primarily, a descriptive act, but a responsive and creative act which is the basis of our social existence. The greater part of Rosenstock-Huessy's work was devoted to demonstrating how speech/language, through its unpredictable fecundity, expands our powers and, through its inescapably historical forming character, also binds them. According to Rosenstock-Huessy, speech makes us collective masters of time and gives us the ability to overcome historical death by founding new, more expansive and fulfilling spaces of social-life.

Rosenstock-Huessy also belonged to that post-Nietzschean revival of religious thought which included Franz Rosenzweig, Karl Barth, Leo Weismantel, Hans and Rudolf Ehrenberg, Viktor von Weizsäcker, Martin Buber, Lev Shestov, Hugo Bergmann, Florens Christian Range, Nikolai Berdyaev, Margaret Susman, Werner Picht (all of whom were involved in the Patmos publishing house and its offshoot Die Kreatur) and Paul Tillich. Common to this group was the belief that religious speech, which they saw as distinctly not metaphysical, disclosed layers of experience and creativity (personal and socio-historical) which remain inaccessible to the metaphysics of naturalism.
Keywords Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy
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