David Kettler

David Kettler
Bard College · Political Studies Program

Doctor of Philosophy

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David Kettler currently works at the Political Studies Program , Bard College. David does research in Politics and History, Political Theory and Comparative Politics. His recent publications include the following books: Detlef Garz and David Kettler, eds. Nach dem Krieg! - Nach dem Exil? Erste Briefe/First Letters , co-editor (with Detlef Garz). Munich: text+kritik, 2012 David Kettler and Volker Meja, eds. Companion to Karl Mannheim. London: Anthem, 2017 David Kettler and Thomas Wheatland, Learning from Franz L. Neumann: London, Anthem (forthcoming)
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The political emphases in Adam Ferguson's thought.
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Sociology as a Vocation. Viola Klein and Karl Mannheim This article highlights some of the basic tenets of Viola Klein’s work and compares them with those of Karl Mannheim. It demonstrates how Klein was able to turn the sociology of knowledge to her own ends. She does this by questioning the relationship between ideology and knowledge concerning wo...
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Nico Stehr points out, quite rightly, a number of problems with current uses of the concept of globalization, and he wisely cautions especially against misconceptions that treat it as a theoretically univocal designation of a finished process, a label for an irreversible state of things in the real world. He likens it, instead, to terms like enligh...
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In this brief paper, I build on a subtle and wrongly neglected conception of utopian consciousness to frame the work of two interesting contemporary utopian thinkers. I also contrast this lively intellectual experimentation with a prevalent fixation on the supposed loss of utopian possibilities. The points at issue may be summarized by the question...
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Our thesis is that a "new unionism" must be the center piece of contemporary North American trade union strategy, a unionism that reconciles the movement's historical social objectives with emerging conditions of production by winning for itself a constructive role in industrial restructuring, conditional on a renewed capacity to promote industrial...
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1. Vorstellung: a. In 1921 kam Karl Mannheim als junger Philosoph und auch als ungarischer Exilant, wie er sich selbst beschrieb, nach Heidelberg, nachdem er ein Semester mit Husserl und Heidegger verbracht hat, auf der Suche nach eine Habilitationsmöglichkeit unter Philosophen, und in den Fußstapfen seines Mentors Georg Lukacs. Kurz nach der Ankun...
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This chapter examines the status of the fledgling but burgeoning field of sociology from the waning days of the Kaiserreich through the last moments of the Republic. Two intellectual giants who did not live very long into the Republic's founding, Max Weber and Georg Simmel, set the agenda for the study of society in Weimar. The chapter suggests tha...
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This introduction briefly places Karl Mannheim’s 1918 lecture on the crisis in relations between ‘subjective’ and ‘objective’ culture in the context of Mannheim’s negotiations with Georg Simmel’s sociology of culture, as mediated by the young Mannheim’s intimate ties to Georg Lukács and his circle.
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In this paper, we explore Karl Mannheim's puzzling failure (or refusal) to address himself in any way to questions arising out of the position of Jews in Germany, either before or after the advent of Nazi rule—and this, notwithstanding the fact, first, that his own ethnic identification as a Jew was never in question and that he shared vivid experi...
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To introduce an archival protocol of a ‘Debate about methods in the social sciences, especially the conception of social science method represented by the Institute’, held on 17 January 1941 at the Institute of Social Research in New York, the article focuses on certain conflicts in substance and terms of discourse among members of the Institute, w...
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A theoretical overview and six case studies showing that the exile of intellectuals is a difficult, dependent, and fluid condition, whose achievements are dearly bought and whose endings rarely fulfill the missions informing their beginnings.
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In einem von Siegfried Kracauer, dem vielleicht größten Autor der alten Frankfurter Zeitung, im Exil geschriebenen und erst posthum veröffentlichten Buch lesen wir: „Die antiken Historiker stellten ihren Werken eine kurze autobiographische Stellungnahme voran – als ob sie den Leser umgehend über ihre Position in Zeit und Gesellschaft aufklären woll...
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The trope of exile stands high today. To judge by some recent writings in literary criticism and cultural studies, the exile – the outsider, the stranger – is like Simmel’s „adventurer,“ living and creating intensely in a world defined by the defiance of imposed definitions. Exile appears as a transcendent status, beyond the ambiguous supports of h...
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This book focuses on the important work of Karl Mannheim by demonstrating how his theoretical conception of a reflexive sociology took shape as a collaborative empirical research programme. The authors show how contemporary work along these lines, whether derived from Foucault, Bourdieu or other theorists, can benefit from the insights of Mannheim...
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Am 13. Oktober 1947 verfaßte Siegfried Kracauer, der bedeutende Kulturkritiker der Weimarer Republik, aus Nazideutschland emigriert und nun in New York ansässig, den folgenden Brief an Wolfgang Weyrauch in Deutschland. Kracauer hatte Weyrauch Jahre zuvor kennengelernt, als dieser in Frankfurt studierte und gelegentlich für die Frankfurter Zeitung s...
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Käthe Truhel’s 1934 doctoral dissertation, prepared under the supervision of Karl Mannheim, repays detailed examination for a number of reasons. First, it serves as an important counter-example to commonplace generalities about the alleged incapacity of women social workers of Truhel’s generation, supposedly enmeshed in ideological myths about ‘mot...
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Karl Mannheim's most important contribution to sociology is his exploratory work on the sociology of knowledge. There is a political dimension to his work, but it is increasingly recognized that his efforts bear on continuing problems of the discipline, as witness his constructive engagement with Max Weber's methodology.
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Despite the postwar rise of behavioralism in political science, the Review gave surprising prominence to traditional political theory during Harvey C. Mansfield's ten-year term as editor (1956–1965), all the more striking for the prominence of Leo Strauss and his students during the first half of this period. This article considers several factors...
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The recognition of a difference between the scientific dimension of institutionalized knowledge in society and the rhetorical, didactic one, as well as the potential for conflict between them, is by no means unique to modern German culture. For centuries, English universities put the formation of clergymen and gentlemen ahead of the advancement of...
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The history of American universities is punctuated by shifts in the terms on which the mission of higher education is defined and debated. A dramatic moment with lasting effects came with the introduction of German-speaking exile intellectuals in the Hitler era. In Germany, the academic culture of the early twentieth century was torn by the struggl...
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Karl Mannheim’s orientations to time can be plotted between subjectivist and objectivist extremes. The latter corresponds to social engineering, while the former offers the context in which Mannheim uses Hobbes’s primaeval war to imagine the chaotic struggle over time that he hopes to escape. Mannheim’s distinctive achievement is ‘dynamic sociology...
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Karl Mannheim's Sociology as Political Education is a joint effort by two authors who have written separately on Karl Mannheim's sociological work and who write from different disciplines and traditions of commentary. The Mannheim who emerges from this volume is a remarkably contemporary partner for current discussions, where the threat to academic...
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The aim of this article is to state a case for Karl Mannheim as an interlocutor no less important than Michael Oakeshott for an inquiry into the manner and purpose of teaching politics. Beginning with Max Weber, I develop an account of Karl Mannheim as a prime contender for Weber's legacy in political education, along with two contemporaries, Alber...
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As the title suggests, this paper places Mannheim’s 1930 „General Sociology“ lectures in two contexts: the vicissitudes of Mannheim’s personal history and the theoretical problem constellation of the most recent time. Mannheim conjured up the specter of shipwreck at a time when political and social conditions were doubtless threatening, but when hi...
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Max Weber's thesis of the vital link between formal legal rationality and civilized power rests on considerations of prudence that remain compelling. Yet his resignation to injustice as part of an undifferentiated tragedy of existence goes too far in ignoring issues of social justice and democracy. This article seeks a more adequate approach by fir...
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Mannheim's published works do not prepare scholars for the importance he attached to the study of women; and his origins in an intellectual milieu attracted to metaphysical dualisms adds interest to his attempted rapprochement with liberal feminism. This study explores a surprising parallel drawn by Karl Mannheim as teacher in the 1930s. Despite vi...
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Sociological theory is ambivalent about the rationalizing processes of which it forms a part. This constitutive difficulty presents itself today in ways that have instructive parallels to the problem constellation confronting the first generation of 20th-century sociological classics. Karl Mannheim's Ideologie und Utopie (1929) was extraordinarily...
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Zusammenfassung Trotz seines Selbstverständnisses als gesellschaftlicher Außenseiter, einer Rolle, der er kritische Einsichten in die sozialen Zusammenhänge zu verdanken glaubte, sollte Karl Mannheim als außergewöhnlich repräsentativer Weimarer Intellektueller verstanden werden. Sein deutsches Werk vor dem unfreiwilligen Exil 1933 ist von der zentr...
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Three principal features distinguish the contemporary state of research in industrial relations. First, the unsettlement of fixed categories in the theoretical study of state and society turns the attention of political theorists towards this politically charged domain of dynamic order. Second, recent developments within the domain itself challenge...
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The deeply interested response to Mannheim's work among certain Weimar reformist socialists prompts a reconsideration of his political thought. The affinity between them arises out of similar conceptions of synthesis as a practical, provisional normalization of continuing oppositions rather than as a transcendent reconciliation of contradictions. I...
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This essay is about trade unions, an institution that arose to play an important part in relation to the social progress characterizing much of the present century and that served as an important reference point for several varieties of normative progressivism. The past two decades of social progress in the most prosperous established nations appea...
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This essay is about trade unions, an institution that arose to play an important part in relation to the social progress characterizing much of the present century and that served as an important reference point for several varieties of normative progressivism. The past two decades of social progress in the most prosperous established nations appea...
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A critical review of two recent discussions of problems in the law of the welfare state helps to explain the contemporary appeals of a theory of legal evolution originally developed by social democratic theorists in conjunction with the rise of collective labor law in settings as disparate as Germany and the United States. Influential contemporary...
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Die vieldiskutierten “Krise” des Wohlfahrtsstaates stellt eine große Herausforderung an eine heutige Politikanalyse dar. Diese Krise ist gekennzeichnet durch staatliche Sparmaßnahmen, sehr viel mehr Worte als Taten in Bezug auf den Abbau von Regulationen und das fortschreitende Aufbrechen “neokorporativer” Abmachungen (Berger, 1981) sowie in Bezug...
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Two types of recent contributions to the discussion of a ‘crisis’ in law recall issues in Weimar labour law. Wolfgang Teubner and others propound a ‘reflexive law’ patterned on the multiple constitutions of collective labour law; and American ‘critical legal studies’ dismiss legal reasoning and press for frankly ‘altruistic’ policy-making in the co...
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The recently discovered full text of Karl Mannheim's Habilitationsschrift on conservatism documents the interaction between his empirical and philosophical interests. While his philosophical interests at the time of writing (1925) centered on philosophy of history as ground for substantive social theory, following the methodological lead of Lukács,...
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as you have stated the Question, 'tis not about what was First, or Foremost; but what is Instant, and Now in being.... You go (if I may say so) upon Fact, and would prove that things actually are in such a state and condition, which if they really were, there would indeed by no dispute left. [Shaftesbury, The Moralist]. As for the Performance itsel...
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ShugarmanDavid P., ed., Thinking about Change. Toronto: University Press, 1974, pp. viii, 212 - Volume 9 Issue 4 - David Kettler

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