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Warren Breckman

Professor of History

Warren BreckmanWarren Breckman (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is professor of modern European intellectual and cultural history at the University of Pennsylvania.  His books include Karl Marx, the Young Hegelians, and the Origins of Radical Social Theory: Dethroning the Self (Cambridge, 1999; paperback 2001) and European Romanticism: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford, 2007).  His book Adventures of the Symbolic: Postmarxism and Radical Democracy will be published by Columbia University Press in 2012.  In addition, he has published articles on the history of philosophy and political thought, the development of consumer culture, modernism and urban culture, historical theory, contemporary theory, and nationalism.  He is currently working on a study tentatively titled The Machiavellian Moment in Modern Thought.

Breckman has been a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, a member of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, and a visiting scholar at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada.  He is the co-editor of the Journal of the History of Ideas, a founding editor of Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte, and a member of the editorial group of Lapham's Quarterly.

At Penn, Professor Breckman offers lecture courses on the intellectual and cultural history of Europe from the Enlightenment to the present, and he has taught seminars on themes such as the history of political thought, psychoanalysis, intellectuals and politics, and theories of the self. In 1997, Professor Breckman was the first recipient of the Richard S. Dunn Award for Distinguished Teaching.

He works with graduate students on a wide range of topics in early modern and modern intellectual history. Topics of dissertations in progress or recently completed under his supervision include French debates about education from the 1760s to the French Revolution, German Jacobins, Romantic journals in Restoration France, German liberals and the bourgeois press in the decades after the Revolution of 1848, the Polish literary avant-garde from 1890 to 1925, the professionalization of Soviet journalism after 1956, and the reconstruction of disciplinary philosophy in Germany after 1945.

Courses Taught (As Schedule Allows)

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The Modernist Imagination European Romanticism: A Brief History with Documents (The Bedford Series in History and Culture)Karl Marx, the Young Hegelians and the Origins of Radical Social Theory  (Cambridge University Press, 1999; paperback edition, 2001)