Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

and his significance

Essential Links

    This is the address of the website of the Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Fund, as well as the address for Argo Books, which keeps in print much of ERH’s writing.
    The Executive Director of the Fund is Mark Huessy.
    The Fund’s website has links on it to the following texts
    • Articles by Harold J. Berman on law and religion.
    • Notes by Richard Feringer on works by Rosenstock-Huessy.
    • Notes on the text of Out of Revolution by Feico Houweling and Lise van der Molen.
    • The Gritli Letters (Gritli Briefe), written by Franz Rosenzweig between 1917 and 1929 to Margrit Rosenstock-Huessy and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy.
    The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has become an authoritative source for the history of philosophy. The long article on ERH in the Encyclopedia, written by Wayne Cristaudo, is an excellent introduction to Rosenstock’s work.
    This is the address of the Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Gesellschaft in Germany.
    This is the address of the Rosenstock-Huessy group in the Netherlands, which calls itself “Respondeo.” Some of the most valuable work accomplished towards the end of providing better knowledge of ERH has been done by the Dutch.
    Impure Thinkers: The Eugen Rosenstock Huessy Group on Facebook (81 members)
    Here one can find copies of the papers presented ERH Roundtable conference, held in Norwich, Vermont, in July 2006. The papers are by: Harold Berman, Meredith Cargill, Tom Duncanson, Christopher Emerick, Clint Gardner, David Goldman, Eric Lane, Emanual Oglice,Christopher Richter, Terry Simmons, Donald Wilson
    Here are over 1200 unabridged letters written in the years between 1917 and 1929 by Franz Rosenzweig [1886-1929] to Margrit Rosenstock-Huessy [1893-1959] and to his friend Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy [1888-1973]. All of the correspondance in possession of the Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Literary Heirs has been prepared by The Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Fund (Norwich, VT, USA) for publication. The initial transcription was undertaken by Ulrike von Moltke from 1985 to 1990, and her work was proofed by Michael Gormann-Thelen and Elfriede Büchsel in 2001-2. The Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Fund believes that these letters offer an important insight into the complex relationship of the three correspondents in a time that was of crucial importance for their life and work.
    Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy always stressed the importance of his friendship with Franz Rosenzweig. The passionate struggle of the two friends to find the proper response to the earth-shaking events of the first World War led directly to several of Rosenstock-Huessy’s important works : Die Hochzeit des Krieges und der Revolution (The Wedding of War and Revolution) [1920], Soziologie I Die Kräfte der Gemeinschaft (Sociology) [1925], and Die Europäischen Revolutionen (The European Revolutions) [1931].
    During his lifetime, Franz Rosenzweig also emphasized the crucial role of these relationships. Just a few weeks before his death, he wrote Rosenstock-Huessy that there is no one from whom I learn so naturally, so unavoidably, so utterly without any effort to learn on my part, as from you.
    The close relationship between Franz and Margrit was to be a terrible trial of Margrit and Eugen’s recent marriage (they had married just before the war broke out); the marriage withstood the trial. For Franz Rosenzweig that close relationship was central to his principal work, The Star of Redemption [1921].
    It is not easy to read these letters, as Margrit Rosenstock-Huessys replies are miss­ing and only a few of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessys letters to Franz Rosenzweig survive. The Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Fund decided to prepare the letters for publication because we believe that the life and work of all three correspondents cannot be properly understood without this testimony. It is always tempting to make cuts to spare the writers exposure, but the three of them never spared each other; we offer the letters as they were written.
    The reader who approaches them with understanding will become a witness to an earthquake in the lives of three remarkable people; that may command our respect. The Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Fund hopes that these letters will be treated with the respect they deserve.
    Please note that the correspondance in ist entirety has been made public by The Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Literary Heirs. In accordance to the international standards of copy­right and according to the international norms of scientific work, the Copyright © 2002, The Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Literary Heirs must be referenced for all quotations. Furthermore, all quotations shall include following web address:

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