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Spengler’s Philosophy. If correct, then Europe has ‘lost its way’. A ‘High Culture’ is an Organic Unit -. … > a self-contained, independent ‘Higher Creature’ with its own soul, consciousness, character, will and personality. Living, organic entities -. RANKING: High Cultures

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Spengler s philosophy
Spengler’s Philosophy

If correct, then

Europe has ‘lost its way’


A high culture is an organic unit
A ‘High Culture’ is an Organic Unit -

… >

a self-contained, independent

‘Higher Creature’ with its own

soul, consciousness, character,

will and personality.


Living organic entities
Living, organic entities -

RANKING:

High Cultures

Humans

Animals

Plants


Nine or more high cultures
Nine or more High Cultures

Babylonian

Ancient Egyptian

Indian

Chinese

Greek/Roman

Arab/Persian

Mayan/Aztec

Western

Russian (still very “young”)

? Indus Valley …. ? Andean S. America


Living organic entities1
Living, organic entities -

High Cultures

Humans: infancy > adulthood

Animals

Plants: > blossom > fruit


Phases of development in a high culture
Phases of Developmentin a High Culture

  • 1. Religious Faith

  • 2. Intellectual achievements, Mathematics

    Music, Art and Culture; Age of Reason

  • 3. Unification, Second Religiousness

  • 4. Decay


Universal states
Universal States:

  • Hammurabi:Amorites >Babylon

  • Thothmes III:Egypt ~1450 BC

  • [Indus Valley – ‘killed’ before achieving it

  • Chandragupta/Asoka:India ~300 BC

  • Shi Hwang Di: Qin >China ~200 BC

  • Romans

  • Incas

  • [Aztecs: Mexico

  • [Seljuk Turks: South West Asia ~1100 AD


Phases of development in a high culture1
Phases of Developmentin a High Culture

Necessary – according to Organic Laws

  • 1. Religious Faith

  • 2. Intellectual achievements, Mathematics,

    Music, Art and Culture; Age of Reason

  • 3. Unification, Second Religiousness

  • 4. Decay


Universal states1
Universal States:

  • Hammurabi:Amorites >Babylon

  • Thothmes III:Egypt ~1450 BC

  • [Indus Valley – ‘killed’ before achieving it

  • Chandragupta/Asoka:India ~300 BC

  • Shi Hwang Di: Qin >China ~200 BC

  • Romans

  • Incas

  • [Aztecs: Mexico

  • [Seljuk Turks: South West Asia ~1100 AD

  • ? [Prussia/Germany >Europe ~1940 AD


Phases of development in a high culture2
Phases of Developmentin a High Culture

Necessary – according to Organic Laws

  • 1. Religious Faith

  • 2. Intellectual achievements, Mathematics,

    Music, Art and Culture, Age of Reason

  • 3. 2nd Religiousness, Unification -

    Enlightened Dictatorship [Caesarism]

  • 4. Decay


What has gone wrong
What has “gone wrong”?

  • Tyranny of Money

  • Crime … Lawsinadequate?

  • Threats from Islamic fundamentalism etc.

  • Society – weakening of Family Structure


Phases of development in a high culture3
Phases of Developmentin a High Culture

Necessary – according to Organic Laws

  • 1. Religious Faith

  • 2. Intellectual achievements, Mathematics,

    Music, Art and Culture, Age of Reason

  • 3. Unification[Caesarism], 2nd Religiousness,

    Advanced Technology, Legal Reform

  • 4. Decay


Spengler s philosophy1

Spengler’s Philosophy

If correct, then

Europe has ‘lost its way’

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