Spirit and System
Media, Intellectuals, and the Dialectic in Modern German Culture
Boyer analyzes the creation and mediation of the social knowledge of "German-ness" from nineteenth-century university culture and its philosophies of history, to the media systems and redemptive public cultures of the Third Reich and the German Democratic Republic, to the present-day experiences of former East German journalists seeking to explain life in post-unification Germany. Throughout this study, Boyer reveals how dialectical knowledge of "German-ness"—that is, knowledge that emphasizes a cultural tension between an inner "spirit" and an external "system" of social life —is modeled unconsciously upon intellectuals' self-knowledge as it tracks their fluctuation between alienation and utopianism in their interpretations of nation and modernity.
1. Conceptualizing the Formation of Dialectical Social Knowledge
2. The Bildungsbürgertum and the Dialectics of Germanness in the Long Nineteenth Century
3. Dialectical Politics of Cultural Redemption in the Third Reich and the GDR
4. Self, System, and Other in Eastern Germany after 1989
5. Dialectical Knowledges of the Contemporary: Formal and Informal