Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

and his significance

I. Books

  • Raley, Harold C., José Ortega y Gasset: Philosopher of European Unity (University, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 1971).
    Ortega and R-H have much in common, particularly in their understanding of history. Raley cites R-H in a number of footnotes and is full of praise (cf. p. 123n): “In language as powerful as Ortega’s and with an understanding at least as deep, [R-H] says of Rationalism: ‘The abstractions that prevailed in philosophy from Descartes to Spencer, and in politics from Machiavelli to Lenin, made caricatures of living men. . . . etc.’” quoting from Out of Revolution. The European Union is in a phase now of determining essentially what “Europe” means, which inescapably calls attention to “its” history. Out of Revolution should find new readers because of this quest. Raley says of Out, “An extraordinary, indeed a stupendous, achievement in historiography, with fresh original insights on virtually every one of its 800 pages.”
  • Ritzkowsky, Ingrid, Rosenstock-Huessys Konzeption einer Grammatik der Gesellschaft (Berlin, 1973)
  • Rohrbach, Wilfred, Das Sprachdenken Eugen Rosenstock-Huessys; historische Erörterung und systematische Explikation (Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer, 1973).
    A revision of the author’s thesis at the University of Saarlandes.
  • Hasselaar, J. M., Inleiding tot het denken van E. Rosenstock-Huessy (Baarn: Ten Have, 1973; reprinted 1974).
  • Riebensahm, Paul, Daimler Werkzeitung 1919-1920 (Moers: Brendow, 1974).
	Riebensahm was co-editor with R-H of the Daimler Corp. newspaper.
  • Schmid, Manfred, Eugen Rosenstock-Huessys Herausforderung der Philosophie Grammatik statt Ontologie (Wien, 1976)
  • Preiss, Jack J., Camp William James (Essex, VT: Argo Books, 1978).
  • Martin E. Marty, By Way of Response (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1981).
    A short autobiographical memoir by a distinguished historian of religion. . Marty is quite aware of the range of Rosenstock’s work and is especially appreciative of “A Farewell to Descartes,” where R-H enunciates his counter-Cartesian motto, “Respondeo etsi mutabor.”
  • Gardner, Clinton C., Letters to the Third Millennium (Norwich, VT: Argo Books, 1981).
    An attempt to introduce the general public informally to Rosenstock’s work. The book is written as a journal of the 1970s.
  • Evangelische Akademie (Berlin), Unser Zeitpunkt: nach Darwin, Marx, Freud, Nietzsche: Tagung von 26-28 September 1980 mit d. Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (Berlin: Evang. Bildungswerk, 1981).
  • Albrecht, Renate, and René Tautmann, eds., Paul Tillich, Briefwechsel und Streitschriften: theologische, philosophische und politische Stellungnahmen und Gespräche (Frankfurt: Evangelisches Vergswerk, 1983).
    Includes correspondence between R-H and Tillich.
  • Bryant, M. Darrol, and Hans R. Huessy, eds., Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy: Studies in His Life and Thought (Lewiston, NY/Queenston, Ontario: Edwin Mellen Press, 1986).
    The book is vol. 28 in the series, Toronto Studies in Theology.
    Seventeen essays derived from a conference on R-H at Renison College at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, in 1982.
    • Harold J. Berman, “Renewal and Continuity: The Great Revolutions and the Western Tradition”;
    • Harold M. Stahmer, “Christianity in the Early Writings of E. R.-H.”;
    • Raymond Huessy, “Joseph Wittig’s Life in Silesia, Vermont & Elsewhere”;
    • Clinton C. Gardner, “From Theology to a Higher Sociology: The Promise of E. R.-H.”
    • Stanley Johannesen, “The Problem of American History in Out of Revolution”
    • Eugene D. Tate, “E. R.-H.: Revolutionizing Communication Theory”;
    • W. Thomas Duncanson, “Mercenary or Pirate: Life in a Rhetorical Culture”;
    • Patricia A. North, “Labor and the Spirit”;
    • Terry Simmons, ”The Bridge Builder in Quest of Community”;
    • Hans R. Huessy, “Contributions to Psychiatry from the Writings of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy”;
    • Cynthia Oudejans Harris, “E. R.-H. and Fritz Perls: A Study in Complementarity”;
    • Richard Feringer, “The Grammatical Method in the Light of Research in the Psychology of Learning: A Posthumous Letter”;
    • Richard Shaull, “E. R.-H.: My Guide on a Lonely Journey”;
    • Dale Irvin, “Mission as Dialogue”;
    • W. C. Strickland, “To Hear Again the One Voice of the Gospel”;
    • M. Darrol Bryant, “The Grammar of the Spirit: Time, Speech and Society”;
    • Bas Leenman, “The Ever Growing Word.”
  • Theunissen, Michael, The Other: Studies in the Social Ontology of Husserl, Heidegger, Sarte, and Buber, trans. Christopher Macann (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1986).
  • Morgan, George Allen, Speech and Society: The Christian Linguistic Social Philosophy of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1987).
    This is an excellent work by a friend who was closely associated with R-H for many years and, indeed, helped him to bring to press The Christian Future (1946). Morgan attempted to encompass and epitomize the whole range of R-H’s writing––theology, language, society, family, philosophy, history, prophecy, and so on––and did so accurately, but at the cost of extended analysis of any one part of it. He more or less abstains from reconciling or resolving numerous contradictions, or apparent contradictions, in the writings of a man of extraordinary fecundity.
  • Schmied-Kowarzik, Wolfdietrich, ed. Der Philosoph Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929). Internationaler Kongreß Kassel 1986. (Karl Alber, Freiburg / München 1988).
    • Band I: Die Herausforderung jüdischen Lernens.
    • Band II: Das neue Denken und seine Dimensionen. Various essays herein relate to R-H.
  • Bossle, Lothar, ed., Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, Denker und Gestalter (Würzbur: Creator-Verlag, 1989).
    Papers presented at a symposium held in Würzburg in 1988 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of R-H’s birth.
  • Lévinas, Emmanuel, Joodse filosofie? Rosenstock, Levinas, Soloveitchik, Fackenheim (Amsterdam, 1989).
    [More information is needed about this book; the citation may be faulty.]
  • Leenman, Bas, Lise van der Molen, & Eckart Wilkens, Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy – Zum hundertsten Geburtstag (Mössingen-Talheim: Talheimer Verlag, 1990). ISBN 3-89376-010-5
  • Smith, Page, Killing the Spirit: Higher Education in America (New York: Penguin Books, 1990)
    Smith (d. 1995) was a student of R-H’s in the 1930s and was among the group that founded Camp William James. He became a historian, essayist, and social commentator, with a long career at the University of California, first at UCLA and then at the Santa Cruz campus, where he was the first provost of Cowell College. He published many books on diverse historical subjects, and every one is imbued with the singular spirit of Rosenstock-Huessy, sometimes implicitly, but often outrightly. Needless to say, R-H was a profound and vigorous critic of higher education as it is presently instituted, a point of view well reflected here.
  • Beyfuss, Viktor, Die soziologische Interpretation der europäischen Revolutionen im Werk Eugen Rosenstock-Huessys (München: Kyrill & Method, 1991).
    Originally a dissertation, 1990, Universität Würzburg.
  • Bergman, Hugo, Dialogical Philosophy from Kierkegaard to Buber, trans. Arnold Gerstein (New York: SUNY Press, 1991).
  • Gardner, Clinton C., Mezhdu Vostokom i Zapadom: Vozrozhdenie darov russkoi dushi. (Moscow: Nauka, 1993).
    Russian translation of Between East and West: Rediscovering the Gifts of the Russian Spirit. This book compares the thought of several Russian thinkers, including Nikolai Berdyaev and Mikhail Bakhtin, with that of R-H, , Martin Buber, and Franz Rosenzweig. (Norwich Center Books, P. O. Box 710, Norwich, VT 05055.)
  • Vos, Ko, Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy: een kleine biografie (Aalsmeer: DABAR/Luyten, 1993; reprinted Aachen: Shaker, 1997).
  • Böckelmann, Frank, Dietmar Kamper, and Walter Seitter, Eugen Moritz Friedrich Rosenstock-Huessy (1888-1973), Wien: Turia & Kant, 1995.
  • Kroesen, Otto, Tegenwoordigheid van Geest in het Tijdperk van de Techniek – een inleiding in de sociologie van Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy. ( Zoetermeer: Meinema, 1995). 228 pp.
  • Ward, Graham, Barth, Derrida, and the Language of Theology (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995).
    A reviewer on Amazon, P. Soen, writes: “After von Humboldt, we are then given a brief sketch of the Patmos group, which was comprised most importantly of Huessy, Rosenzweig, Buber, and for a short time Karl Barth. This is again where Ward shines most brightly. I have been reading Huessy for about five years now and Karl Barth for about three, and biographers of both of these men have alluded to brief encounters and connections, but none have explored or explicated those connections as clearly and scholarly as Ward.” A highly sophisticated and informative book.
  • Van der Molen, Lise, comp., A Guide to the Works of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy. Chronlogical Bibliography with a Key to the Collected Works on Microfilm. (Essex, VT: Argo Books, 1997).
    This book must be the bible of anyone hoping to study Rosenstock-Huessy.
  • Fuller, John, Auden: A Commentary (Princeton, 1998).
    There are many references to R-H in this book.
  • Manz, Werner Justus, Arbeit und Persönlichkeit: betriebliche Erwachsenenbildung als wesentlicher Aspekt der Betriebspolitik, in Sinne von Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (München; Mering: Hampp, 1998).
    The work was originally a doctoral dissertation at Oldenburg University, 1997.
  • Bryant, M. Darrol, Woven on the Loom of Time: Many Faiths and One Divine Purpose (New Delhi: Suryoday/Decent Books, 1999)
    Two chapters in this work relate particularly to R-H, “Dialogical Humanity: In the Crucible of Transcendence,” pp. 29-55, and “A Grammar of the Spirit: Making Humanity in Persons, Society, and History,” pp. 93-123.
  • Mendelson, Edward, Later Auden (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999).
    This is the second volume of Mendelson’s two-volume biography of the great poet. Auden read Out of Revolution in 1946, and thereafter much of his poetry is suffused with Rosenstock’s ideas, which Mendelson traces to some degree.
  • Don, Arie, Li-kerat dialog Yehudi-Notrri: `iyunim be-hagutam shel Barukh Shpinozah, Mosheh Mendelson, Frants Rozentsvaig, Oigen Rozenstock (Tel Aviv: Ma`arhot hinukh Levinski, 2000).
    Judeo-Christian dialogue, beginning with Spinoza.
  • Schwartz, Hans, Eschatology: Complete Introduction to the Christian View of the Future (Eerdmans, 2000).
  • Hart, Jeffery P., Smiling Through the Cultural Catastrophe: Towards the Revival of Higher Education (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001).
    In the Preface, R-H is cited as an inspiration when Hart was an undergraduate at Dartmouth. R-H said, “the goal of education is the citizen. He defined the citizen in a radical and original way. . . . He said that a citizen is a person who, if need be, can re-create his civilization.”
    R-H is not otherwise mentioned in the book.
  • Hermeier, Rudolf, ed., Friedensbedingungen der planetarischen Gesellschaft: zur Ökonomie der Zeit/ Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (Münster: Agenda, 2001).
  • Cane, Bill, Passing on the Spirit: Celebrating Eccentric Mentors (Aromas, Calif.: MMPublishing, 2002).
    Contains appreciative chapters on R-H’s student and a friend of Cane’s, the late Page Smith, and on R-H himself as an inspiration. Cane is presently the executive director of IF, a non-profit corporation in California dedicated to helping the poor and disadvantaged.
  • Bade, David, Khubilai Khan and the beautiful princess of Tumapel: the Mongols between history and literature in Java (Ulaanbaatar: Chuluunbat, 2002). Also translated into Mongolian, 2006.
    David Bade writes: “I have cited or quoted ERH's works in several of my publications, including my book on the Mongol invasion of Java. In other works the influence of ERH is evident to anyone who knows his work, but not directly mentioned. Discovering Eugen's work was a major breakthrough for me in 1996. I discovered his work completely by accident while browsing a bookstore for something on sign language and the origin of language.”
  • Berman, Harold J., Law and Revolution II: The Impact of the Protestant Reformations on the Western Legal Tradition (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003).
    Berman was a student of Rosenstock’s at Dartmouth. He was a distinguished professor at Harvard for many years and a leading specialist on Soviet law. He later moved to Emory University. This book is one of several by him that explicitly extend the insights of his teacher.
  • Klenk, Dominik, Metanomik. Quelenlehre jenseits der Denkgesetze Eugen Rosenstock-Huessys Wegbereitung vom ich-einsamen Denken der neuzeitlichen Philosophie zur gelebten Sprachvernunft (Münster: Agenda, 2003)
  • Surall, Frank, Juden und Christen––Toleranz in neurer Perspektive: der Denkweg Franz Rosenzweigs in seiner Bezügen zu Lessing, Harnack, Baeck, und Rosenstock-Huessy (Chr. Kaiser/Güterloher, 2003).
  • Gardner, Clinton C. D-Day and Beyond: A Memoir of War, Russia, and Discovery. Philadelphia (Xlibris, 2004).
    This memoir describes the author's lifetime pursuit of the work of R-H. The closing five chapters describe how the author introduced Rosenstock-Huessy's work in Russia during the period 1983-2000. (Norwich Center Books, PO Box 710, Norwich, VT 05055.)
  • Huppuch, Willibald), Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (1888-1973) und die Weimarer Republik: Erwachsenenbildung, Industriereform und Arbeitslosenproblematik (Hamburg: Kovac, 2004). ISBN 3-830-01683-2
  • Kirsch, Arthur, Auden and Christianity (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005).
    In the frontmatter, p. xiv, Kirsch writes of Auden: “He constantly referred to, reviewed, or echoed such writers as Saint Augustine, Pascal, Soren Kierkegaard, Martin Buber, Paul Tillich, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Eugene Rosenstock-Huessy. . . .” R-H is here placed in good company, but Kirsch does not discuss him in the body of the book.
  • Bade, David, Perra Loca's Terra animata (Ulaanbaatar: Chuluunbat, 2006)
    Fiction and poetry, published under the pseudonym Perra Loca. Bade reports: “It was while writing this book and doing research on sign language that I first bought and read ERH. The final section is entitled "Respondeo etsi mutabor.” Bade is a learned librarian at the University of Chicago.
  • Baker, Wendy, and Wayne Cristaudo, eds., Messianism, Apocalypse, Redemption: 20th-Century German Thought (Australian Theological Forum [ATF], 2006.
    Includes Cristaudo’s “Redemption and Messianism in Franz Rosenzweig’s The Star of Redemption,” and “Revolution and the Redeeming of the World: The Messianic History of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy’s Out of Revolution.”
  • Schmied-Kowarzik, Wolfdietrich ed., Franz Rosenzweigs “neues Denken”. Internationaler Kongress, Kassel 2004. (München: Verlag Karl Alber, 2006). 2 vols.
    (Vol. 1: Selbstbegrenzendes Denken – in philosophos; Vol. 2: Erfahrene Offenbarung – in theologos).
    This collection is continuously paginated over two volumes. Much in it has bearing on the thought of R-H; the following essays explicitly so.
    • Regina Burkhardt-Riedmiller, “Franz Rosenzweigs Erneuerrung der jüdischen Lerntradition im zeitgenössischen Kontext (inbesondere Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy),” pp. 553-574;
    • Wayne Cristaudo, “Rosenzweig’s and Rosenstock’s Critiques of Idealism. The Common Front of Contrary Allegiances,” pp.1121-1140;
    • Michael Gormann-Thelen, “Franz Rosenzweig Transfigured,” 1141-1150;
    • Harold Stahmer, “Franz, Eugen, and Gritli. Respondeo etsi mutabor,” 1151-1168.
      Pp. 1155-1161 in Stahmer’s piece incorporates Freya von Moltke’s “Uber Eugen, Margrit und Franz,” trans. by Raymond Huessy,“About Eugen, Margrit and Franz.”
  • Meir, Ephraim, Letters of Love: Franz Rosenzweig’s Spiritual Biography and Oeuvre in Light of the Gritli Letters (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2006).
    Meir observes that virtually nothing has been written about R-H’s influence on Rosenzweig, and declares that the Gritli letters establish that “More than any other writer, it is Rosenstock who most influenced Rosenzweig.” (p. 35). However, on the same page he says that “Hermann Cohen appears to be the thinker who most profoundly influenced Rosenzweig.”
  • Richter, Christoph, Im Kreuz der Wirklichkeit—Die Soziologie der Räume und Zeiten von Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2007). ISBN 978-3-631-55773-0
  • Goldman, David B., Globalisation and the Western Legal Tradition: Recurring Patterns of Law and Authority (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2007).
    Globalisation and the Western Legal Tradition is a broad legal history. It examines jurisprudence and legal philosophy, international public law, jurisdiction and patterns of law and authority, all with the purpose of understanding 21st -century globalization and commercial law. Goldman is influenced significantly by ERH’s Out of Revolution and by Harold Berman’s Law and Revolution, vols. I and II. He is a practicing attorney in Sydney, Australia.
  • Cristaudo, Wayne, Power, Love, and Evil: Contributions to a Philosophy of the Damaged (Rodopi: Amsterdam, 2008)
    A remarkable, original work that draws much from R-H as well as other writers. “As sign-ificant beings we need commandments. That is why, as Rosenstock-Huessy perceptively observes in his writings on speech, the original grammatical move is the imperative. The imperative is the condition that ensures survival, and hence perpetuity. The imperative is the voice of order, the divine voice. God first speaks in the imperative mood. “
  • Gardner, Clinton C., Beyond Belief: Discovering Christianity’s New Paradigm (Norwich, Vermont: White River Press, 2008.
    Christian Century editor Martin Marty lauds Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy as “a visionary… [who] writes about … Christianity without old-line appeal to transcendence.” Gardner presents R-H’swork as “additional scaffolding” for the new Christian paradigm being constructed by New Testament scholar Marcus Borg, retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong, and others.
  • Neretina, Svetlana Sergeevna. Filosofskie odinochestva (Moskva: Rossiiskaia Akademiia Nauk, Institut Filosofii, 2008).
    [Philosophical Solitudes. Russian].
    The second chapter of this work is on “the grammatical and dialogical method.”
  • Viitorul creştinului sau Depăşim Modernitatea. [The Christian Future, or the Modern Mind Outrun. Rumanian].
    Presented to the public on February 20, 2009, at the Protestant Academy of Transylvania in Sibiu.
  • Cristaudo, Wayne, The Star and the Cross: Franz Rosenzweig’s and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy’s Post-Nietzschean Revivals of Judaism and Christianity (forthcoming 2010).
  • Cistaudo, Wayne, Religion, Redemption and Revolution: The New Speech Thinking of Franz Rosenzweig and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy. (2012)
    This is the first book length comparison of Franz Rosenzweig and Eugen Rosenstok-Huessy. It overthrows the longstanding error in Rosenzweig scholarship that Rosenstock-Huessy’s interest in Rosenzweig lay largely in his attempt to convert him. The book argues that they were part of a common project dedicated to reappraising Judaism and Christianity and enabling modern men and women to participate in what Rosenstock-Huessy called a metanomic society, i.e. a society in which we are able to live in creative tension with our differences.

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