Germany's Conscience

Friedrich Meinecke: Champion of German Historicism

Questions of truth, ethics, state power, and propaganda, of how to render account of catastrophes and reconcile oneself with one's past are not only crucial to our time, they were also central to the German historian Friedrich Meinecke (1862-1954). Probably no generation of historians before Meinecke had lived through more unsettling transformations, during which these questions were most pressing. Reinbert Krol's analysis of Meinecke's intellectual development does not only give us insight into his philosophy of history – which turns out to be more conciliatory than previously assumed – it can also be a source of inspiration for scholars of history today.

»Krol's well-wrought argument on Meinecke's conception of history offers a profound analysis of Meinecke's overall intellectual development. Krol's excellent book convincingly shows the ambiguity of Meinecke's historical, philosophical and political thought. And most importantly, Krol's study contributes to the international debate in both the United States and Germany in an original and innovative way.« (Gisela Bock, Professor of Modern History of Western Europe, Free University Berlin)

»In this ambitious and profound study Krol argues that Meinecke's major works are all organized around an antithesis. However, thanks to his desire for reconciliation Meinecke always struck in each case a well-considered balance between the two poles of the antithesis. It is Krol's achievement to show that a panentheistic philosophy of history enabled this balance and that it is here that we find the key to a proper understanding of Meinecke's oeuvre. This book is not only indispensable for anyone interested in Meinecke but also essential for a better understanding of the whole historicist tradition.« (Frank Ankersmit, Emeritus Professor of Intellectual and Theoretical History, University of Groningen)

Kapitel-Übersicht

  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 4
  2. Contents

    Seiten 5 - 6
  3. Preface

    Seiten 7 - 10
  4. Introduction

    Seiten 11 - 46
  5. 1. The Ideal of a unity

    Introduction

    Seiten 47 - 53
  6. 1.1 Nations, the national state and cosmopolitanism

    Seiten 53 - 55
  7. 1.2 The universal and the national

    Seiten 55 - 68
  8. 1.3 The reconciliation of cosmopolitanism and the national state?

    Seiten 68 - 75
  9. 1.4 The tradition of the ideal

    Seiten 75 - 77
  10. Conclusion

    Seiten 78 - 80
  11. 2. Struggling with a world view

    Introduction

    Seiten 81 - 84
  12. 2.1 Prelude

    Seiten 84 - 87
  13. 2.2 Staatsräson according to Meinecke

    Seiten 87 - 97
  14. 2.3 The tragic character of Meinecke's Staatsräson

    Seiten 98 - 112
  15. 3. A conscience akin to God

    Introduction

    Seiten 113 - 114
  16. 3.1 Staatsräson as a 'solution'

    Seiten 114 - 123
  17. 3.2 The statesman's conscience

    Seiten 124 - 132
  18. Conclusion

    Seiten 132 - 134
  19. 4. A world view in the making

    Introduction

    Seiten 135 - 139
  20. 4.1 The individualizing view

    Seiten 139 - 145
  21. 4.2 Pietism and Neoplatonism

    Seiten 145 - 151
  22. 4.3 Reason and Unreason

    Seiten 151 - 153
  23. 4.4 Traditionalism and historicism

    Seiten 153 - 157
  24. 4.5 The prelude to Meinecke's historicism

    Seiten 157 - 162
  25. 4.6 Science or world view

    Seiten 162 - 172
  26. Conclusion

    Seiten 172 - 174
  27. 5. Harmony regained

    Introduction

    Seiten 175 - 180
  28. 5.1 Polarities and harmony

    Seiten 180 - 192
  29. 5.2 Meinecke's Umdeutung of Goethe

    Seiten 192 - 196
  30. 5.3 Goethe and the daemonic

    Seiten 196 - 200
  31. 5.4 Harmony and dissonance

    Seiten 200 - 203
  32. 5.5 Meinecke and the crisis of historicism

    Seiten 204 - 221
  33. Conclusion

    Seiten 221 - 224
  34. 6. The authority of the personality

    Introduction

    Seiten 225 - 231
  35. 6.1 A controversial study

    Seiten 231 - 233
  36. 6.2 A catastrophic synthesis

    Seiten 234 - 239
  37. 6.3 Nature, chance, fate

    Seiten 239 - 244
  38. 6.4 Kultur as cure

    Seiten 245 - 252
  39. 6.5 Apotheosis

    Seiten 252 - 260
  40. Conclusion

    Seiten 260 - 262
  41. Final conclusions

    Seiten 263 - 270
  42. Bibliography

    Seiten 271 - 295
  43. Index

    Seiten 296 - 302
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Reinbert Krol

Reinbert Krol, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Niederlande

Autor_in(nen)
Reinbert Krol
Buchtitel
Germany's Conscience Friedrich Meinecke: Champion of German Historicism
Verlag
transcript Verlag
Seitenanzahl
302
Ausstattung
kart., Dispersionsbindung
ISBN
978-3-8376-5135-5
DOI
10.14361/9783839451359
Warengruppe
1510
BIC-Code
PDX HBA
BISAC-Code
HIS054000 SCI034000 HIS000000 PHI000000
THEMA-Code
PDX NHA
Erscheinungsdatum
24. Juni 2021
Auflage
1
Themen
Kulturgeschichte, Wissenschaft
Adressaten
History, Philosophy of History, Ethics, Theology, Political History, Aesthetics
Schlagworte
Friedrich Meinecke, German Historicism, Panentheism, Philosophy of History, Ethics, Cultural History, Science, History of Science, Theory of History, History, Cultural Studies

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