The Christian Future

Paperback, 248 pages. In his review of The Christian Future for The Christian Century Martin E. Marty wrote: It has never been possible to pigeon-hole Rosenstock-Huessy… (His) juxtaposition of conventional genius and genial unconventionality, is both disconcerting and creative. In 1946 Rosenstock-Huessy was ahead of his time and he still is today. In this book [Read More]

Fruit Of Lips

Paperback, 144 pages. To Rosenstock-Huessy, Christianity is not a religion and Jesus was not a religious figure. Instead, in its fullest sense, Christianity should be recognized as an historical process in which man’s history before Jesus plays as critical a role as his history in the Christian era. Jesus stands at the center of this [Read More]

I Am An Impure Thinker

Rosenstock-Huessy has uncovered many truths hidden from his predecessors…. Whatever he may have to say about God, Man, the World, Time, etc., Rosenstock-Huessy always starts out from his own experience as a human being, who must pass through successive stages between birth and death, learning something essential from each one of them. W. H. Auden, [Read More]

Judaism Despite Christianity

Here is an exchange of letters between two German soldiers during World War I: Eugen Rosenstock, an officer at the western front, and Franz Rosenzweig, serving in an antiaircraft outfit in Macedonia. Less than three years before this correspondence began, Rosenzweig, an historian and philosopher, had made his dramatic decision to remain a Jew and [Read More]

Magna Carta Latina

This unusual Latin grammar draws the reader to Latin using the language of Thomas Aquinas, the Magna Carta, and Abélard, rather than that of Caesar. The book begins with a chapter on sung Latin; it rejoices in the heritage of the language, while acquainting the student with Latin’s major mature documents. “Law and religion,” Rosenstock-Huessy [Read More]

Multiformity Of Man

This is a little masterpiece, perhaps the most tightly drawn of all of Rosenstock-Huessy’s essays at once profound, as current as the day it was written, and embodying the core of his thinking in sociology. He begins ostensibly with a management problem, pointing out that the advent of modern technology and its attendant economic system [Read More]

Out Of Revolution

This new edition of Out of Revolution includes an introduction by Harold Berman. Rosenstock-Huessy has described Out of Revolution, his history of western man, as his favorite book. This book is an entirely fresh version of his landmark Die europäischen Revolutionen, and was written after his immigration to the United States. It presents the reader [Read More]

The Origin Of Speech

“What is the origin of speech?” is a perennial and unanswerable question. In this book, Rosenstock-Huessy uses this riddle as a starting point for an inquiry into the essential features of human speech that people in modern times have tended to disfavor or take for granted. Counter to the intuitions of modern personalism, Rosenstock-Huessy says [Read More]

Planetary service

Every technological advance shortens time, widens space, and destroys a familiar living group. The three gifts of technology: the acceleration of time, the widening of space, and the destruction of the existing peace must be offset, and they must be offset with the help of people who have nothing to do with technology. Planetary Service [Read More]

Practical Knowledge Of The Soul

This book is Rosenstock-Huessy’s first formulation of his method for research in the social sciences. John Macquarrie described this method in his review of Speech and Reality, “…Rosenstock-Huessy suggests that we look to language. Speech is the basic social reality. Grammar, in turn, is the science which describes and analyzes the structures of language. Hence [Read More]

Rosenstock-Huessy Papers, Volume I

Rosenstock-Huessy Papers, Volume I is a feast of ideas in nine essays. Although these essays make diverse and delightful digressions, the volume primarily addresses three topics: science, education, and religious discourse. Several of these essays have appeared in the two German books, Der Atem des Geistes (The Breath of the Spirit) and Die Sprache des [Read More]

Speech and Reality

Speech and Reality (seven essays Rosenstock-Huessy wrote and revised between 1935 and 1955) proclaims the dawning of a new age of social research in which the speaking subject displaces the mute object of orthodox sociology.Speech and Reality is an English-language introduction to Rosenstock-Huessy’s sociology. He proposes that the method of inquiry for the social sciences [Read More]

DAS ALTER DER KIRCHE

Reprint of 1927-28 edition, edited by Michael Gormann-Thelen and Fritz Herrenbruck, with a new afterword by Wolfgang Ullmann. Verlag Klaus Boer, 1996. Hardbound (3 volumes), 1,320 pages. The Age of the Church is the communal testament of two men facing the end of an era. The first two volumes contain essays that span the history [Read More]

DER ATEM DES GEISTES

Der Atem des Geistes (The Breath of the Spirit) is the first book Rosenstock-Huessy published in Germany after World War II (1951). It is a collection of essays presenting his method of inquiry for the social sciences. A quotation from page 32 captures the character of the book: It is true, we have been ignored [Read More]

DES CHRISTEN ZUKUNFT

Translated and revised by Christoph von dem Bussche and Konrad Thomas. Siebenstern Taschenbuch Verlag, 1955. Reprinted in paperback by Brendow Verlag, 1985. 288 pages. This edition has a preface by J. H. Oldham. For a description, see The Christian Future.  

DIE EUROPÄISCHEN REVOLUTIONEN

Die Europäischen Revolutionen is the book from which Out of Revolution was written. The English language edition is not a translation, however. Rosenstock-Huessy re-wrote the book with the help of friends. This German original is differently organized and has a different text. While the peoples of Europe were tearing apart one another in the Great [Read More]

HEILKRAFT UND WAHRHEIT

This reprint of a book published in 1952 presents the grammatical method as a tool to study times and eras. When the grammatical method is used, history appears as the economy of salvation. As a background, the book explores the paradigms that underlie theology and the natural sciences. The first chapters criticize theology, saying it [Read More]

HERZOGSGEWALT UND FRIEDENSSCHUTZ

This book was originally published in 1910. It is an expanded version of Rosenstock-Huessy’s dissertation, which forms the first part of the book. The dissertation was originally called Landesfriedensgerichte und Provinzialversammlungen vom neunten bis zwölften Jahrhundert(Heidelberg, 1909.) Modern European civilization was in its formative stages in the years treated by Herzogsgewalt und Friedensschutz. The book [Read More]

KÖNIGSHAUS UND STÄMME

Königshaus und Stämme outlines the development of royal houses and the household system of the royal families, the aristocracy, as a form of constitutional law. This constitutional system went beyond the bounds of the tribes involved, which were often at loggerheads with one another. Building on the principles outlined in Königshaus und Stämme, Rosenstock-Huessy later [Read More]

SOZIOLOGIE

Soziologie is one of Rosenstock-Huessy’s fundamental works. It is not available in English, although some of the material forms the basis for the lecture series Cross of Reality (1953), the Circulation of Thought group, and the Universal History group. Soziologie is written around the spaces and times which govern human life, language and associations. To [Read More]

DIE SPRACHE DES MENSCHENGESCHLECHTS

“Language is wiser than he who speaks it,” Rosenstock-Huessy often to used to say to underline the scope of language. Language contains the experiences and inspirations of the ages. The language that people speak and the great historical learning experiences in their cultures have developed in the same process. Language is at the core of [Read More]

Die Tochter Das Buch Ruth

In the aphasia that reigned in Europe after the end of World War I, Rosenstock-Huessy was searching for ways to renew speech. After having fought at the front near Verdun for several years and having witnessed the devastation of Europe, he believed that male speech was no longer fruitful and had come to its end. [Read More]

DIE UMWANDLUNG GOTTES IN DIE SPRACHE DES MENSCHENGESCHLECHTS

This is a collection of 3 pieces which also appeared in other books. The first part, “In the Cross of Reality” (“Im Kreuz der Wirklichkeit”), appeared in the second volume of Soziologie, the W. Kohlhammer 1958 edition. The second part, “Ichthys,” appeared in the first volume of Die Sprache des Menschengeschlechts. The last part, “Frucht der [Read More]

WERKSTATTAUSSIEDLUNG

Rosenstock-Huessy confronted the fact that in destroying master craftsmen’s independent workshops, the Industrial Revolution had deprived them of both work autonomy and a valuable asset to bequeath. He declared the necessity of a kind of “industrial feudalism” to redress this loss. In Werkstattaussiedlung, originally published in 1922, he proposes setting up experienced workers in their [Read More]

ZURÜCK IN DAS WAGNIS DER SPRACHE

This is a fictitious letter, supposedly written by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus to the Greek philosopher Parmenides. Parmenides teaches concepts and abstractions; Heraclitus represents active life, where names and serious speech reign. Assuming the role of Heraclitus, Rosenstock-Huessy attacks the German philosopher Martin Heidegger as a modern Parmenides.  

STIMMSTEIN

Stimmstein is the yearbook of the Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Gesellschaft. Its name comes from Revelation (John 2:17). Every volume contains unpublished work by Rosenstock-Huessy, as well as a section presenting scholarly literature on Rosenstock-Huessy. In addition to the regular volumes, the Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Gesellschaft publishes supplements to Stimmstein. Stimmstein should be ordered through Argo Books Verlag [Read More]