Category Archives: Germany

Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947

Here are some excerpts from this 2017 book by Christopher Clark: * The Prussian government continued to discriminate against Jewish applicants to public office. Jews found it extremely difficult to achieve promotion into the upper ranks of the judiciary, for … Continue reading

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Beyond The Academic Ethic

Philosopher Stephen Turner published this essay in 2019: * the German academic system of the late nineteenth century, which became the model for the modern research university… * Harvard University, for the first three centuries of its existence, was essentially … Continue reading

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Hitler Laughing: Comedy in the Third Reich (6-21-21)

00:00 Cultural historian William Grange 01:00 Alexander Technique 03:00 My 2007 interview with William Grange 07:00 Aging and cognitive power 09:30 Writers block 12:00 American identity 15:00 African-American identity 20:00 The civil rights revolution 22:00 American theater and American identity … Continue reading

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The German Historicist Tradition

Here are some highlights from this 2012 book by Frederic Beiser: * …, historicism undermined the perennial search in Western philosophy to find transcendent justifications for social, political and moral values, i.e., the endeavor to give these values some universal … Continue reading

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Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer’s Program of Torah u-Madda

Marc B. Shapiro writes circa 2000: Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer (1820-1899) was, together with Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, the pioneer of Torah im Derekh Erez in modern times. Although each of them understood this concept differently, with Hildesheimer advocating Orthodox Wissenschaft … Continue reading

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