German Scholars in Exile: New Studies in Intellectual by Axel Fair-Schulz, Mario Kessler

By Axel Fair-Schulz, Mario Kessler

German students in Exiledeals with intellectuals who fled Nazi Germany and located shelter in both the USA or in American companies in nice Britain and post-WWII Germany. the quantity makes a speciality of students who have been outdoors the generally identified Max Horkheimer-Hannah Arendt circles, who're much less famous yet now not less significant. Their reviews ranged from a very good occupation at an Ivy-League college to a go back to the German Democratic Republic and a place as an financial consultant to East Berlin's celebration management. None had real political strength, yet many asserted some extent of effect. Their intellecutal legacies can nonetheless be obvious in brand new political tradition.

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Political power denotes [. ] the exercise of effective social control of the power holders over the power addressees. 70 This definition can be conceptualized in a first approximation in diagram 1. Like Weber’s, Loewenstein’s concept of power is located on the analytical level of social relations. indb 33 4/28/11 11:25 AM 34 Markus Lang Diagram 1: Conceptualization of Loewenstein’s Definition of Power glance, this asymmetrical structure puts Loewenstein’s concept of power squarely within the vertical concepts of power.

Thus he is quite skeptical about the utility of direct democracy for questions of national self-determination. D. candidate in jurisprudence it is significant, however, that he uses such decidedly un-legalistic concepts as public opinion and manipulation! The brief paper is an early proof for Loewenstein’s life-long commitment to the importance of empirical research. 44 He had scaled down the original plan and concentrated on French and American political and constitutional thought at the end of the 18th century.

They also provide the clue for an explanation of the continuities between his early publications and Political Power. The main difference between Loewenstein’s Weimar writings and his later works can be found in the observation that power develops from an important category of analysis to the single most important element in his political thought. This, of course, can be interpreted as a direct result of Loewenstein’s forced emigration. The Nazi government proved decisively the inadequate viability of constitutional limitations vis-à-vis brute force and violence.

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