The German University in Crisis: The Collapse of Liberal Democracy and the Rise of National Socialism
This conference addressed the following question: Given that German universities were, from the mid-eighteenth century to the 1920s, models of humane scholarship, scientific probity, and liberal learning, how is it that they succumbed so rapidly to domination by Hitler and the Nazi party? How could academics, committed to the examined life, have gone down this path? In turn, why did some take this fateful turn while others refused it? We approached the question of responsible use of freedom by examining its pathology.
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