Liberty and Modernity in Thomas Mann’s “The Magic Mountain”


This colloquium explored the political and philosophical ramifications of the main themes in Thomas Mann's masterpiece, The Magic Mountain (1924). The intense exchanges in the novel between champions of liberal humanism on the one hand, and different collectivist doctrines on the other, reflect Mann's own political transformation and was the main focus of the conference.


Conference Readings

Mann, Thomas. The Magic Mountain. Translated by John E. Woods. New York: Vintage, 1996.

Mann, Thomas. Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man. Translated by Walter D. Morris. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing, 1983.