Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Dreamland of HumanistsWarburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Emily J. Levine

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226061689

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226061719.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 06 July 2022

Dreamland of Humanists

Dreamland of Humanists

(p.1) Introduction Dreamland of Humanists
Dreamland of Humanists

Emily J. Levine

University of Chicago Press

The introduction unpacks the book title’s meaning, which combines Ernst Troeltsch’s designation of post-war Germany as a “dreamland of the armistice,” a country cautiously optimistic about Germany’s future in a new Europe, and the art historian Fritz Saxl’s description of the Warburg project as investigating a “humanist dreamland” in art over time. It argues that the historical setting and the intellectual project shared the preoccupation with the relationship between symbols and meaning. Borrowing Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of the “social conditions of possibility,” the introduction argues that Weimar-era Hamburg offered conditions for cultural and intellectual life distinct from those of other German cities. While much scholarship has focused on Berlin and anti-humanist trends in Weimar, the introduction makes the case for a turn to Hamburg, whose “free city” status and cosmopolitan spirit, often referred to as its “special case” offer a corrective to our portrait of the Weimar Republic.

Keywords:   Ernst Troeltsch, dreamland of armistice, humanist dreamland, Fritz Saxl, Pierre Bourdieu, Berlin, Hamburg, Weimar, symbols, special case

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.