Politics as a practical science

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Politics as a practical science

Wilhelm Hennis ; translated by Keith Tribe

(New perspectives in German political studies)

Palgrave Macmillan, 2009

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Politik als praktische Wissenschaft

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-[246]) and index

Translation of: Politik als praktische Wissenschaft

Description and Table of Contents


Hennis has been a leading critic of German political life and thought for the last 50 years. In this selection from his writings on government and constitutionality he shows how the postwar reconstruction of democratic politics in Germany highlighted general problems of party politics and democratic order that have only recently been recognized.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • D.Kelly The Problem of the German Conception of the State The Idea of Office and the Concept of Democracy Democratization: Concept and Problematic Legitimacy: On a Category of Civil Society Tocqueville's 'New Political Science' Goya's Reason and the Project of Modernity: Seeking Understanding of 'The Dream of Reason' (Capricho 43) 'Hellenic Intellectual Culture' and the Origins of Weber's Political Thinking Political Science as a Vocation: A Personal Account

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