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Spotlight on forgotten thinker

By Katie Weiss

Political science Professor Wayne Cristaudo is a co-editor of the special issue Political science Professor Wayne Cristaudo is a co-editor of the special issue

Researchers have attempted to revive the works of a forgotten thinker by celebrating his contributions to the social sciences in a special edition of a journal.

Co-editor, Charles Darwin University political science professor Wayne Cristaudo said the edition aimed to encourage academics and the wider public to explore ideas and methods of German sociologist Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy.

“With this special edition, I hope we can revive his way of thinking and continue the revolution he was undertaking in the social sciences,” Professor Cristaudo said.

He said Rosenstock-Huessy’s contributions to the social sciences were almost unknown, as he did not align himself with popular 20th Century intellectual currents, such as Marxism, liberalism, or conservativism. 

Professor Cristaudo said the thinker argued for greater understandings of revolutionary, cross-cultural, religious and socio-historical complexities that have shaped the world.

“Rosenstock-Huessy’s vision does not provide a clear-cut moral picture which gives easy guidelines for political action,” he said. “Rather, it spurs us to explore new forms of sociality.”

 “We as a society would benefit greatly if we became more in tune with his way of thinking of reality as a ‘space-time’ cross of subject and object, and past and future.”

The special issue, entitled “Special Issue: Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (1888-1973): Sociologist, Historian, Social Philosopher” has been published in the Culture, Theory and Critique journal.