Thomas Mann: Enlightenment and Social Democracy

  title={Thomas Mann: Enlightenment and Social Democracy},
  author={Hans Rudolf Vaget},
  journal={Publications of the English Goethe Society},
  pages={193 - 204}
  • H. R. Vaget
  • Published 2 September 2017
  • Art
  • Publications of the English Goethe Society
Abstract Taking a cue from T. J. Reed’s characterization of Thomas Mann as ‘a late adoptive child of the Enlightenment’, this essay examines an under-appreciated continuum in German history as it is manifested in the political affinities between Mann and Willy Brandt. These may be traced back to the self-correction in Mann’s political outlook as he shifted his intellectual allegiance from Romanticism to the Enlightenment. This led to an increasingly desperate defense of the Weimar Republic and…