Discerning the Spirits
Cover of issue 31
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Discerning the Spirits: Gerhart Niemeyer as Culture Critic. (2002). The Political Science Reviewer, 31, 162-182. https://politicalsciencereviewer.wisc.edu/index.php/psr/article/view/413


Beginning in the 1970s, a noticeable shift in focus and subject matter in Gerhart Niemeyer’s writings took place. It was in that decade that he began to concentrate less on the intellectual and geopolitical threat of communism and more on the cultural and spiritual condition of the West. Of course, there are no clear demarcations here: Niemeyer continued to write about communism through its demise in the Soviet Union, and matters of culture and spirit had been central to his thought for decades. But the shift was unmistakable.
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