The Golem in German social theory

Gad Yaʼir, Michaela Soyer

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The Golem in German Social Theory provides an innovative and bold interpretation of German social theory. Authors Gad Yair and Michaela Soyer argue that the mythological story of the Golem rising over its master provides the basic code which animated German social theory from the 19th century until the 21st century. Yair and Soyer illustrate how the Golem-run-mad narrative permeates the history of modern German social thought, and how it now provides a convenient literary tool for re-reading German critiques of the Enlightenment, modernity, capitalism, and progress. The Golem in German Social Theory points out a "family resemblance" that unites German theorists, enhancing interpretation of their writings and understanding of their moral vehemence.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLanham, Md
PublisherLexington Books
Number of pages159
ISBN (Print)0739120115, 9780739120118
StatePublished - 2008


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