About our Masterclass
First published in 1918, Oswald Spengler’s two-part book The Decline of the West (Der Untergang des Abendlandes) is an iconoclastic work of monumental proportions. It attempts to dismantle the commonly held view that history is a linear progression from antiquity to medieval times to modernity.
While many mainstream academics have sneeringly dismissed Spengler’s work and continue to do so today, truly free thinkers such as Ernst Jünger have been utterly fascinated with Spengler’s thought on world history. The overall influence and importance of his work can hardly be overestimated. This is especially true for those of us who cannot deny the feeling that our own western culture has outlived itself and is therefore coming to an end. If we want to understand what is behind this feeling, there is no better place to start than Spengler’s The Decline of the West.
Live group online seminars via Zoom begin October 7th, 2023. Enrolment is now open! Join the course here.
Your Course Instructor:
Dr. Sebastian Ostritsch
Sebastian has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Bonn.
His research and thinking is devoted to Hegel and German Idealism, to the philosophy of gaming as well philosophical questions surrounding time and eternity.
In 2020, which celebrated Hegel's 250th birthday, his book "Hegel. Der Weltphilosoph" was published by Ullstein/Propyläen, a major German publishing house.
At Halkyon he teaches a German course on Hegel and in English courses on Spengler and the philosophy of play and video games.
His latest book is "Let's Play or Game Over?" which is an ethics of computer games published by DTV in 2023.