Standard Article

Rosenstock-Huessy, Eugen (1888–1973)

  1. Christopher C. Emerick

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1190

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Emerick, C. C. 2011. Rosenstock-Huessy, Eugen (1888–1973). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Eugen Rosenstock was born in 1888 in Berlin to a successful banker. Though a Jewish home, Rosenstock's family observed Christian holidays like many other German Jews. Thus, his conversion to Christianity in his teens was less radical than it might have been, but later became paramount in all his academic work. After a rigorous childhood education, Rosenstock received a doctorate in law in 1909. He lectured until World War I, which served to redirect his career. During the crisis of war, Rosenstock embarked on a search for foundational realities that could reunite humanity. He developed his grammatical method, which esteems speech and discourse as the possibilities for human peace and genuine achievement. The first stages of this development were later published as Angewandte Seelenkunde. Also during the war, he engaged in a famous exchange concerning the relationship of Judaism to Christianity with Franz Rosenzweig, with whom Rosenstock served in the German army near the western front. The exchange is preserved in the book Judaism Despite Christianity.


  • rosenstock-huessy, eugen (1888–1973);
  • foundational realities, reuniting humanity;
  • rosenstock-huessy's irenic spirit;
  • factory periodical in Germany, daimler werkzeitung