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German Cosmopolitan Social Thought and the Idea of the West

Voices from Weimar

German Cosmopolitan Social Thought and the Idea of the West by Austin Harrington
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There has been considerable interest in recent years in German social thinkers of the Weimar era. Generally, this has focused on reactionary and nationalist figures such as Schmitt and Heidegger. In this book, Austin Harrington offers a broader account of the German intellectual legacy of the period. He explores the ideas of a circle of left-liberal cosmopolitan thinkers (Troeltsch, Scheler, Tönnies, Max Weber, Alfred Weber, Mannheim, Jaspers, Curtius, and Simmel) who responded to Germany's crisis by rejecting the popular appeal of nationalism. Instead, they promoted pan-European reconciliation based on notions of a shared European heritage between East and West. Harrington examines their concepts of nationhood, religion, and 'civilization' in the context of their time and in their bearing on subsequent debates about European identity and the place of the modern West in global social change. The result is a groundbreaking contribution to current questions in social, cultural and historical theory.
Cambridge University Press; May 2016
ISBN 9781316452301
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Title: German Cosmopolitan Social Thought and the Idea of the West
Author: Austin Harrington
 
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9781107110915
9781316452301
9781316455661