Gregory Morgan Swer’s essay for the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, online in advance of the paper edition.
Gregory Morgan Swer – ‘Longing, Dread and Care: Spengler’s Account of the Existential Structure of Human Experience’ (Originally published online: 22 June 2019).
Abstract: In The Decline of the West Spengler puts forward a type of philosophical anthropology, an account of the structures of human experiential consciousness and a method of “physiognomic” analysis, which I argue has dimensions that can be understood as akin to existential phenomenology. Humanity, for Spengler, is witness to the creative flux of “Becoming” and constructs a world of phenomena bounded by death, underpinned by the two prime feelings of dread and longing and structured by the two forms of Destiny (Time) and Direction (Space). Human existence, Spengler argues, is future-directed and open in the sense that there is a certain degree of freedom in the ways in which humanity can actualize its existential possibilities. In the course of elaborating the existential implications of this future-orientation, Spengler introduces the concept of care (Sorge), the fundamental experiential structure.
Full article: https://doi.org/10.1080/00071773.2019.1633613
Gregory Morgan Swer, Department of Philosophy, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, Memorial Tower Building, Howard College, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Accessing the JBSP
The online version of the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology publishes articles in advance of the paper edition. Articles can be accessed via our publisher’s website: JBSP at Taylor & Francis Online. Access to the JBSP is free to all members of the society, who also receive the quarterly paper copy of the journal as part of their subscription. You can find out more about becoming a member and supporting the BSP on the membership webpage. If you are not a member of the BSP, you can purchase articles from the site, or log in using institutional or personal access via Shibboleth and OpenAthens.
Early bird registration is now open for the British Society for Phenomenology’s 2019 Annual Conference. The conference is to be held in Manchester, UK, from Thursday 5 – Saturday 7 September 2019. Early bird registration runs until Wednesday 31 July 2019 (midnight BST). For more details – including keynote speakers – see the BSP 2019 annual conference homepage.