Practical Knowledge Of The Soul

by Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, as Angewandte Seelenkunde.
Translated by Mark Huessy and Freya von Moltke.
Edited by Clinton C. Gardner. Argo, 1988.


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 grammar is the foundation for developing a methodology for the social sciences.” Angewandte Seelenkunde was published alone in 1924 and later formed the final chapter in Volume I of his work on the speech of mankind, Die Sprache des Menschengeschlechts. Angewandte Seelenkunde was based on a manuscript Rosenstock-Huessy wrote in 1916 for his friend, Franz Rosenzweig. Rosenzweig subsequently described it as providing “the main influence” for his epochal book, The Star of Redemption. This edition of Practical Knowledge of the Soul brings a long-hidden document to English readers.

Paperback, 116 pages.