How much of a philosophical background do I need to read and understand this?
i'm ndrunk as fuckinjg hell but best would be background in a few alternate historical episteme things (vico e.g.) but that's a bit facile, more important desu is solid grounding in idealism, leibniz spinoza kant hegel fichte schelling schiller goethe a boon, epistemic relativismsmsmsms major but don't tell anyone i told you that kuhn castoriadis burtt others too lazy foucault interesting hughes coverage is good but not great
no one gets spengler, poor bald guy, if as a result of laundry list you publish anything seminal please give me partial credit
goethe more important than it seems desu vitalism integralism hard to separate read hayden white for that other organicist guy not humboldt
gpot rejected from berkeley 2 hours ago feel bad
>it's a harbinger of rejections to come, i can feel it
You can't feel shit. I got rejected from NYU but accepted to Princeton for undergrad. The admissions process is colossally fucked up and disorganized, if you're decently qualified you'll get in somewhere acceptable.
You don't need a philosophical grounding, it's fairly self-regarding in that sense... You should know a lot of world history however..
>tfw didn't get in anywhere I wanted to go postgrad
>tfw just gonna enlist in the military because my degree is fucking useless for career purposes
>wanting to read literal pre-Nazi propaganda
>literally an author of one of the many books burned by the Nazis
How's the echo chamber in that head of yours?
He can be quite a poet, even though the translation remains imperfect.
Volume One was very interesting as a gloss upon the author's own themes...having three basic outlooks is a compelling unitary principle for bringing together very complex historical ideas. I don't find the Classical, Magian, Faustian idea to be terribly necessary but you can rely upon it for some things.
What I'm interested in seeing more however, is his view of Classical and Chinese history. His claim that we are living in an era of 'Contending States' in our own day (between a Roman-style conception of a Nation-state or the E.U. On the other hand) is kind of intriguing, although the E.U. is becoming more Roman by the day, with its accumulation of military power. Where will a King Zheng of Qin spring up in the midst of all this?