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English Goethe Society Wilkinson-Willoughby Lecture

Speaker: Wolf Lepenies (Berlin)

In 1945 The German Mind and Outlook was published, a resumé of discussions about the future of Germany that English intellectuals had had in 1942 and 1943. They hoped that the Germans would be able to correct the moral depravity the Nazis had led them into – with the help of Goethe. Re-vitalizing Goethe’s humanism, the cultural nation would be reborn and would be welcomed again in the community of nations. Attempts at re-moralizing politics with the help of literature will be one topic of this talk; using literature to re-introduce morality into the social sciences will be the second, and it will conclude with a look at programmes to educate professional 'moral leaders' by turning them into readers of ‘belles-lettres’.

Attendance free; advance online booking required. 

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