Sociability and Its Enemies: German Political Theory After 1945

Jakob Norberg


Northwestern University Press

Norberg, assistant professor of German, reconstructs the arguments concerning the nature and value of sociability as a form of interaction and interconnection particular to modern bourgeois society. He argues that the writings of Hannah Arendt, J├╝rgen 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.