Johan Östling
Search for other papers by Johan Östling in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
The rebirth of the university

In the years of occupation after the Second World War, the German debate was characterised by a desire to examine and vitalise the academic heritage. This chapter concentrates on three of the most influential figures in the post-war debate on the German university: philosopher Karl Jaspers, historian Gerhard Ritter, and Germanic philologist Werner Richter. All were older mandarins and all had similar generational experiences: they were born in the 1880s, they had been professors of the humanities during the 1920s, and they had opposed Nazism in different ways. The proposals that Jaspers, Ritter, Richter, and several others formulated during the early post-war period were anything but timeless; they were expressions of the experiences and ideals of a particular generation. These debaters sought a rebirth of the university, but what they witnessed was the swan song of the mandarins.

  • Collapse
  • Expand

All of MUP's digital content including Open Access books and journals is now available on manchesterhive.

 

Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 900 111 6
PDF Downloads 213 20 1