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1-2013 / Studie a eseje / Bedřich Loewenstein

The Spirit and Politics

Bedřich Loewenstein

Bedřich Loewenstein (*1929) is a Professor Emeritus at Free University Berlin       Other contributions by the same author

This study examines conceptual influences which after the WWII shaped the intellectual profile of the well known German political scientist Kurt Sontheimer (1928-2005). His political philosophy was inspired by the journalistic work of Thomas Mann. Mann’s inner development from an apologist towards a decided critic of German irrationalism and anti-democratism helped Sontheimer arrive at his mature political and conceptual views. A reconstruction of the attitude of German churches towards the republic and Nazi barbarism is included in order to help outline a less known aspect of Sontheimer as a Protestant critic of the German Federal Republic.

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