Speech and Reality

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ISBN-13: 978-0912148021
ISBN-10: 0912148020
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Argo Books (June 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912148020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912148021
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,233,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
"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" (together with "I Am an Impure Thinker") is an English-language introduction to Rosenstock-Huessy's sociology. He proposes that the method of inquiry for the social sciences be based on grammar.
With grammar as its jumping-off point, this book offers specific predictions about the preconditions of anarchy, revolution, decadence, and war.
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In Commonweal magazine, John Macquarrie writes about "Speech and Reality":
"The Author believes - as did Dilthey before him - that social sciences must suffer from being forced into the methodological mold of the natural sciences. Anyone acquainted with the kind of psychology and sociology commonly taught in the United States today could hardly fail to agree, and there is in fact currently a good deal of dissatisfaction with the naturalistic model used in these sciences. But where do we look for a better method?
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. It must be added at once that it is not conventional grammar that the author has in mind. The grammar we learn in school and which enables us to reel off conjugations and the like is a grammar which has killed the drama and dignity of living speech.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pollard on September 29, 2011
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At least one person regards this as Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy's (ERH's) most important work. ERH proposes that we have three sciences rather than only the present natural science. He calls us to have theological sciences, natural sciences, and human, social sciences. Galileo's breakthrough brought us natural science with its incredible benefits for humanity. I consider ERH the Galileo of the human sciences, leading us further into the understandings of the human story, of the nature of humanity that is beyond the reach of the natural sciences alone. Some 350 years or so of the miracle of the Galilean natural sciences is only the first step in the expansion of the scientific reach of the human intellect in building the future of the human story. Read ERH. Claim your part of a human future beyond what we can now even imagine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 12, 2014
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In this faithless age Rosentock's books should be mandatory reading.
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