Wayne Cristaudo
on the 50th Anniversary of
Rosenstock-Huessy’s Death

The board of the Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Fund invited Wayne Cristaudo to speak to our gathering at “Four Wells” in Norwich, VT on July 8, 2023, to mark the 50th anniversary of Rosenstock-Huessy’s death. Unable to attend because he was on his way from Australia to a conference in Berlin, the city of Rosenstock-Huessy’s birth, he instead offered to write a paper to mark the occasion.

His paper, “Why Rosenstock-Huessy Matters: Personal reflections on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death” may be read or downloaded here; its theme and content also provide the material for his discussion of the question in the video greeting he sent the board (below).

Wayne retired as a professor of political science at Charles Darwin University in Australia’s Northern Territories; before that he was director of European Studies at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Religion, Redemption and Revolution: The New Speech Thinking Revolution of Franz Rozenzweig and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy,  and Idolizing the Idea: A Critical History of Modern Philosophy, as well as the entry on Rosenstock-Huessy in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and other books and online courses. He and Frances Huessy co-edited The Cross and the Star: The Post-Nietzschean Christian and Jewish Thought of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy and Franz Rosenzweig and the English-language edition of the first volume of Rosenstock-Huessy’s Soziologie, published as In the Cross of Reality: The Hegemony of Spaces (translated by Juergen Lawrenz).