I first heard the phrase "the crisis of modernity" in a lecture on neo-Nazism. The phrase "Crisis of Modernity" doesn't have a Wikipedia page but Augusto del Noce, who wrote a book called The Crisis of Modernity, does.

  • Noce clearly didn't coin it in his 2015 book because there were earlier books such as Nature and the Crisis of Modernity: A Critique of Contemporary Discourse on Managing the Earth by Raymond Albert Rogers (1994). This does make me wonder what research you have done; you are normally supposed to explain when asking a question to prevent unnecessary duplication of effort.
    – Stuart F
    Mar 17, 2023 at 15:38
  • @StuartF (1) The 2015 book is a translation of an Italian book from 1989, which predates Nature and the Crisis of Modernity. (2) What level of research does this site require?
    – Tsundoku
    Mar 18, 2023 at 0:02

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The book The Crisis of Modernity (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015) is a translation of Secolarizzazione e crisi della modernità, which was published in 1989. If that is the first publication in which Del Noce used the phrase "crisi della modernità", that he did not coin that phrase. Del Noce used the phrase "la crisi dell’idea di modernità" ("the crisis of the idea of modernity") in an essay entitled "Eric Voegelin e la crisi dell’idea di modernità" (see the "References" in Thomassen & Forlenza).

This phrase predates the famous essay The Three Waves of Modernity by Leo Strauss (1899–1973), a much more influential political philosopher. The essay was published posthumously in Political Philosophy: Six Essays by Leo Strauss in 1975. In this essay, Strauss described Oswald Spengler's The Decline of the West as "a powerful document to the crisis of modernity".

But the phrase "crisis of modernity" or certain variations of it can be found elsewhere.

Based on this it appears that Augusto Del Noce did not coin the phrase but it is not clear who did.


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