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Speech And Reality
Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy
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Published (first published April 8th 2013)
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Edward Waverley
Apr 17, 2012 Edward Waverley marked it as to-read
From Rushdoony: --- In Speech and Reality (1970), Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy wrote of the social dangers and evils confronting modern civilization. These are, he said, first, anarchy. In anarchy, people and classes "do not care to come to an agreement." Instead of ties uniting men, there are now divisions only, with each pursuing his own interest. Second, decadence is a very great evil. Decadence is manifested at a critical point: parents do not have "the stamina of converting the next generation ...more
Douglas Hayes
It is a little hard to know how to review this book. It is ERH's most mature expression of his philosophy, and a full explanation of how he views the world from the perspective of the cross of reality. It is not very readable, nor accessible; and takes some commitment and concerted effort to make your way through it.

However, it is well worth the effort. In Speech and reality he lays out a method of social science he call the grammatical method. In this method he shows that speech is a way to man
Sep 23, 2008 Lauren rated it really liked it
Rosenstock-Hussey grapples with the notion of the true meaning of speech combining natural sciences with social science (a science which was historically overlooked). He looks closely and cautiously at speech as "coming from man" and preceeding true human thought.

How people speak and listen defines the direction of a given society. People decide in every given moment between continuing down a path or changing a path.

I am particularily drawn to this subject matter as i am a teacher by professio
I think u read this many years ago. I just re-read 3/4 of it again. It's insightful and hard going.

The key point is the Cross of Reality which can be used and reapplied all over the place. The priority of language for put understanding of reality, society etc is key, especially SS Christ is the Word.
Jon Sedlak
Aug 08, 2013 Jon Sedlak rated it it was ok
No matter how profound Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy's linguistic insights are (as I've been told by many), his stream-of-consciousness writing style drives me crazy. I simply don't enjoy reading what he writes. It's all over the map and very difficult to utilize because of that.
Troy Martin
Apr 21, 2009 Troy Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: sociology, education
Excellent. Masterful methodology for a grammatical sociology. Marvelous insights into grammars structure. Over-dense language.
Micah Neely
Be prepared to put together the paragraphs like a 200 page long puzzle, but it's so worth it. This is not something I would get much out of without taking notes.
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