Agora Speaker Series:“The Weimar Origins of Political Theory”

September 8, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

One of the principal commonplaces in the history of twentieth-century political thought is that the thinkers of the Weimar Republic (1919-1933) were unusually influential.  Simplifying only somewhat, we can construct a potent array of political theories arcing out from the thought of Max Weber, Carl Schmitt, Leo Strauss, Hans Baron, and Theodor Adorno.  And in the United States today this lineage seems fresh once more as people ask the question, “How is it that republics fail?”  In this talk, I offer a different reading of the Weimar origins of political theory.  My wager is that, if one begins with a knowledge of the rhetorical tradition, a different set of Weimar thoughts comes into focus.  My aim is to reconstruct this alternative tradition in order to offer up a series of new presuppositions for inquiry into political life.

Location and Address

208B Cathedral of Learning

Directions and Parking Information

Garage and street parking available

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