Sociability and Its Enemies

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2970-2

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2936-8
Publication Date
January 2014
Page Count
248 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Sociability and Its Enemies

German Political Theory After 1945

Sociability and Its Enemies contributes both to contemporary studies of political theory and to discourse on postwar Germany by reconstructing the arguments concerning the nature and value of sociability as a form of interaction and interconnection particular to modern bourgeois society. Jakob Norberg argues that the writings of Hannah Arendt, Jürgen Habermas, Carl Schmitt, and the historian Reinhart Koselleck present conflicting responses to a hitherto neglected question or point of contention: whether bourgeois sociability should serve as a therapeutic practice and politically relevant ideal for postwar Germany. The book sheds light on previously neglected historical and conceptual connections among political theorists, and it enriches established narratives of postwar intellectual history.
About the Author

Jakob Norberg is Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of German at Duke University.


Norberg uncovers an unexpected dialogue in post-WWII German political theory. . . Summing Up: Recommended." —CHOICE