Scientific Man and the New Science of Politics

  • Hartmut Behr
  • Hans-Jörg Sigwart
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Abstract

This chapter compares Hans Morgenthau’s Scientific Man vs Power Politics and Eric Voegelin’s The New Science of Politics along three aspects which characterize these books and their authors’ position as émigré scholars: first, along their émigré scholarship; second, along their critique of scientism; and third, with regard to their self-localization as intellectuals. This comparison demonstrates, their similar experiences as émigré scholars, but also their very different biographical and social experiences and philosophical positions within an academic field whose mainstream pushed hard for very different forms of political science than Morgenthau and Voegelin pursued in their own work, being socialized and committed to European “Geistes”- and “Erfahrungswissenschaften”.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hartmut Behr
    • 1
  • Hans-Jörg Sigwart
    • 2
  1. 1.Newcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-NurembergErlangenGermany

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