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The Politics of the Unpolitical: German Writers and the Problem of Power, 1770-1871

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In a book written during the First World War, Thomas Mann wrote that political activity was alien to the German spirit and that "in fact the political element was absent from the German concept of education." The Politics of the Unpolitical demonstrates the essential unreliability of this generalization by focusing on the political activity of ten of Germany's most widely respected writers in the period from the French Revolution to the founding of the Bismarck Reich in 1871.

Gordon A. Craig's book shows how Goethe, Schiller, Heinrich von Kleist, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Holderlin, and Heine were fascinated by the political issues of their day and reacted either by entering public service or threw themselves into efforts to change society for the better. In his study of ten of Germany's most important intellectuals Craig, focuses on their political views and activities and argues that they were not, in fact, representatives of the genre of the "unpolitical German."

Synopsis:

In a book written during the First World War, Thomas Mann wrote that political activity was alien to the German spirit and that "in fact the political element was absent from the German concept of education." The Politics of the Unpolitical demonstrates the essential unreliability of this

generalization by focusing on the political activity of ten of Germany's most widely respected writers in the period from the French Revolution to the founding of the Bismarck Reich in 1871.

Gordon A. Craig's book shows how Goethe, Schiller, Heinrich von Kleist, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Holderlin, and Heine were fascinated by the political issues of their day and reacted either by entering public service or threw themselves into efforts to change society for the better. In his study of ten

of Germany's most important intellectuals Craig, focuses on their political views and activities and argues that they were not, in fact, representatives of the genre of the "unpolitical German."

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-181) and index.

About the Author

Gordon A. Craig is J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He is the author of numerous books including The Politics of the Prussian Army, 1640-1945 (1955), and Force and Statecraft

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction


Chapter 2. Traditional Criteria of Tax Equity


1. Political Morality in Tax Policy: Fairness


2. Vertical Equity: The Distribution of Tax Burdens


3. The Benefit Principle


4. Ability to Pay: Endowment


5. Ability to Pay: Equal Sacrifice


6. Ability to Pay as an Egalitarian Idea


7. The Problem of Everday Libertarianism


8. Horizontal Equity


Chapter 3. Economic Justice ni Political Theory


1. Political Legitimacy


2. Consequentialism and Deontology


3. Public Goods


4. Benefits for Individuals


5. Efficiency and Utilitarianism


6. Distributive Justice, Fairness, and Priority to the Worst Off


7. Equality of Oppotunity


8. Legitamite Means and Individual Responsibility


9. Rewards and Punishments


10. Liberty and Libertarianism


11. The Moral Significance of the Market


12. Personal Motives and Political Values: The Moral Division of Labor


13. Conclusion


Chapter 4. Redistribution and Public Provision


1. Efficiency and Judgement


2. Paying for Public Goods


3. Which Goods are Public?


4. Redistribution


5. Transfer or Provision?


6. Public Duties


7. Conclusion


Chapter 5. The Tax Base


1. Efficiency and Justice


2. Outcomes, not Burdens


3. The Consumption Base and Fairness to Savers


4. Fairness as Equal Liberty


5. Desert and the Accumulation of Capital: The "Common Pool"


6. Wealth and Welfare


7. Wealth and Opportunity


8. Endowment and the Value of Autonomy


9. Exclusions and Credits


10. Transitions


Chapter 6. Progressivity


1. Graduation, Progression, Incidence, and Outcomes


2. Assessment of Outcomes


3. Optimal Taxation


4. Tax Reform


Chapter 7. Inheritance


1. The "Death Tax"


2. The Tax Base of the Donee


3. No Deduction for Donors


4. Details and Objections


5. Equal Opportunity and Transfer Taxation


6. Conclusion


Chapter 8. Tax Discrimination


1. Justifying Differential Treatment


2. An Example: The Marriage Penalty


3. Incentive Effects and Arbitrariness


Chapter 9. Conclusion: Politics


1. Theory and Practice


2. Justice and Self-Interest


3. Plausible Policies


4. Effective Moral Ideas


Notes


References


Index


Product Details

ISBN:
9780195094992
Author:
Craig, Grodon A.
Author:
Craig, Gordon A.
Author:
null, Gordon A.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
European - German
Subject:
Authors, german
Subject:
German literature
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
History, World | European | Germany
Subject:
German literature -- 19th century.
Subject:
Politics in literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Series Volume:
22
Publication Date:
19950531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.63x5.76x.91 in. .92 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In a book written during the First World War, Thomas Mann wrote that political activity was alien to the German spirit and that "in fact the political element was absent from the German concept of education." The Politics of the Unpolitical demonstrates the essential unreliability of this

generalization by focusing on the political activity of ten of Germany's most widely respected writers in the period from the French Revolution to the founding of the Bismarck Reich in 1871.

Gordon A. Craig's book shows how Goethe, Schiller, Heinrich von Kleist, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Holderlin, and Heine were fascinated by the political issues of their day and reacted either by entering public service or threw themselves into efforts to change society for the better. In his study of ten

of Germany's most important intellectuals Craig, focuses on their political views and activities and argues that they were not, in fact, representatives of the genre of the "unpolitical German."

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