Saturday, December 07, 2013

Weimar (1918-1933): Political culture and Humanities


Weimar thought: a contested legacy
Peter E. Gordon and John P. McCormick (ed.)
Princeton UP, Princeton, 2013, vi, 451 pages : ill.
ISBN: 9780691135106


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. In this incomparable collection, Weimar Thought presents both the specialist and the general reader a comprehensive guide and unified portrait of the most important innovators, themes, and trends of this fascinating period.
The book is divided into four thematic sections: law, politics, and society; philosophy, theology, and science; aesthetics, literature, and film; and general cultural and social themes of the Weimar period. The volume brings together established and emerging scholars from a remarkable array of fields, and each individual essay serves as an overview for a particular discipline while offering distinctive critical engagement with relevant problems and debates.
Whether used as an introductory companion or advanced scholarly resource, Weimar Thought provides insight into the rich developments behind the intellectual foundations of modernity

Table of Contents

Introduction: Weimar thought: continuity and crisis
Peter E. Gordon and John P. McCormick

Part I: Law, Politics, Society

Weimar sociology
David Kettler and Colin Loader
Weimar psychology : holistic visions and trained intuition
Mitchell G. Ash
Legal theory and the Weimar crisis of law and social change
John P. McCormick
The legacy of Max Weber in Weimar political and social theory
Dana Villa

Part II: Philosophy, Theology, Science

Kulturphilosophie in Weimar modernism
John Michael Krois
Weimar philosophy and the fate of neo-Kantianism
Frederick Beiser
Weimar philosophy and the crisis of historical thinking
Charles Bambach
Weimar theology : from historicism to crisis
Peter E. Gordon
Method, moment, and crisis in Weimar science
Cathryn Carson

Part III: Aesthetics, Literature, Film

Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, and Weimar criticism
Michael Jennings
Writers and politics in the Weimar Republic
Karin Gunnemann
Aesthetic fundamentalism in Weimar poetry : Stefan George and his circle, 1918-1933
Martin A. Ruehl
Weimar film theory
Sabine Hake
The politics of art and architecture at the Bauhaus, 1919-1933
John V. Maciuika
Aby Warburg and the secularization of the image
Michael P. Steinberg
Eastern wisdom in an era of western despair: orientalism in 1920s Central Europe
Susanne Marchand
Weimar femininity: within and beyond the law
Tracie Matysik
The Weimar left: theory and practice
Martin Jay
The aftermath : reflections on the culture and ideology of national socialism
Anson Rabinbach

Weimar thought: a chronology
Contributors
Index



Peter E. Gordon is the Amabel B. James Professor of History at Harvard University. His books include Continental Dividee: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos (Harvard UP, Cambridge, 2010, ISBN: 9780674047136) and Rosenzweig and Heidegger: Between Judaism and German Philosophy. Weimar and Now, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2003, ISBN: 0520246362)

John P. McCormick is professor of political science at the University of Chicago. His books include Machiavellian Democracy (Cambridge UP, Cambridge, 2011, ISBN: 9780521823906) and Weber, Habermas, and Transformations of the European State (Cambridge UP, Cambridge, 2007. ISBN: 9780521811408).



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El tema Weimar, y todo lo con él relacionado, debería mantener nuestra atención de un modo permanente. Su entorno está lleno de fulgores. Queda, aún, mucha iluminación que recibir de aquella brillante época. Un jurista intelectualmente maduro podrá siempre aprovechar en esos resplandores que el tiempo no ha apagado. Hoy en especial su luz alumbra contra el avance de las tinieblas. No es Apocalipsis; es actualidad.

Me permito dos recomendaciones, de las que he aprovechado en no poca medida. Las dejo una línea más abajo.
J.C.G.



Arthur J. Jacobson & Schlink, Bernhard
Weimar. A Jurisprudence of Crisis
University of California Press, Berkeley, 2002, 405 pp.
ISBN: 9780520236813


This selection of the major works of constitutional theory during the Weimar period reflects the reactions of legal scholars to a state in permanent crisis, a society in which all bets were off. Yet the Weimar Republic's brief experiment in constitutionalism laid the groundwork for the postwar Federal Republic, and today its lessons can be of use to states throughout the world. Weimar legal theory is a key to understanding the experience of nations turning from traditional, religious, or command-and-control forms of legitimation to the rule of law. Only two of these authors, Hans Kelsen and Carl Schmitt, have been published to any extent in English, but they and the others whose writings are translated here played key roles in the political and constitutional struggles of the Weimar Republic. Critical introductions to all the theorists and commentaries on their works have been provided by experts from Austria, Canada, Germany, and the United States. In their general introduction, the editors place the Weimar debate in the context of the history and politics of the Weimar Republic and the struggle for constitutionalism in Germany.This critical scrutiny of the Weimar jurisprudence of crisis offers an invaluable overview of the perils and promise of constitutional development in states that lack an entrenched tradition of constitutionalism.


Disponible en: ARK - California Digital Library
  



Eric D. Weitz
La Alemania de Weimar. Presagio y tragedia
Trad. De Gregorio Cantera, Turner, (Col. Noema), 2009, 472 pp.
ISBN: 9788475068718

En 1917, Alemania era un país derrotado, que afrontaba las duras compensaciones de guerra impuestas por el Tratado de Versalles, la crisis económica mundial y la propia depresión de sus ciudadanos. Weitz relata, en forma de paseo por el Berlín de entreguerras, estos altibajos políticos y económicos en un ambiente de eferves cencia cultural: arquitectos como Gropius, escritores como Brecht o filósofos como Heidegger crearon durante esta época sus trabajos más importantes, rodeados de una vanguardia que propugnaba la utopía o la refundación completa de la sociedad. Esta vívida evocación de Weimar, más pertinente que nunca en la coyuntura económica y política actual, narra al fin cómo una sociedad culta e informada, pero humillada y confundida, pudo dejarse atrapar por el populismo nazi y poner su destino en manos de Hitler.


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