The Baberowski affair and the responsibility of intellectuals in times of crisis

Hughes, David (2017) The Baberowski affair and the responsibility of intellectuals in times of crisis. In: BISA/PSA Teaching and Learning Annual Conference, 14 - 15 September 2017, Lincoln.

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Abstract

The aspect of teaching and learning I want to focus on in my paper is the responsibility of intellectuals to place truth before power. First I want to focus on Weber’s lecture, “Politics as a Vocation,” and tease out what it implies for the teaching of politics. Then I am going to look at a case study, namely the scandal that has broken this year at the Humboldt University surrounding its History professor, Jörg Baberowski. The argument in a nutshell will be that the Humboldt University has behaved in a way that is consistent with Weber’s ideas about teaching politics as a vocation, but that this particular German tradition, in which scholarship is closely allied to state power, is precisely the source of the scandal.

Keywords:Jörg Baberowski, Truth to Power, Responsibility of Intellectuals
Subjects:L Social studies > L380 Political Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:06 Dec 2017 16:22

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