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Peter Gordon reviews "A Lion in Winter"

September 14, 2016

A Lion in Winter

September 14, 2016
Peter E. Gordon in The Nation

Jürgen Habermas remains an indispensable guide to the unfinished project of democratic consciousness and enlightenment.

Not far from Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate lies the Holocaust Memorial, a vast grid of nearly 3,000 concrete blocks that span a field of 19,000 square meters and vary in height. Some rise only to the knees; others loom above the head as one descends the sloping plain to its center. The memorial was built only after a protracted debate as to whether such a sobering reminder of the darkest chapter in Germany’s past should stand at the heart of the nation’s newly refounded capital.

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Peter E. Gordon

Peter E. Gordon

Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair

Peter Gordon is Amabel B. James Professor of History at Harvard University and resident faculty at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), where he co-chairs the Harvard Colloquium for ...