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Weimar Thought: A Contested Legacy

Peter E. Gordon and John P. McCormick


During its short lifespan, the Weimar Republic (1918–33) witnessed an unprecedented flowering of achievements in many areas, including psychology, political theory, physics, philosophy, literary and cultural criticism, and the arts. Leading intellectuals, scholars, and critics—such as Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Bertolt Brecht, and Martin Heidegger—emerged during this time to become the foremost thinkers of the twentieth century. Even today, the Weimar era remains a vital resource for new intellectual movements. This book presents a comprehensive guide and unified portrait of ... More

Keywords: Weimar Republic, intellectual movement, modernity, law, politics, society, theology, Weimar culture, literature, science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691135106
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691135106.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter E. Gordon, editor
Harvard University

John P. McCormick, editor
University of Chicago

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Front Matter


Peter E. Gordon and John P. McCormick

Part I Law, Politics, Society

1 Weimar Sociology

David Kettler and Colin Loader

2 Weimar Psychology

Mitchell G. Ash

Part II Philosophy, Theology, Science

8 Weimar Theology

Peter E. Gordon

Part III Aesthetics, Literature, Film

13 Weimar Film Theory

Sabine Hake

15 Aby Warburg and the Secularization of the Image

Michael P. Steinberg and Yaron Ezrahi

Part IV Themes of an Epoch

17 Weimar Femininity

Tracie Matysik

18 The Weimar Left

Martin Jay

19 The Aftermath

Anson Rabinbach