4. Research Report | Does a method for interdisciplinarity exist? Questions and research perspectives from a study on a political-philosophical essay by Thomas Mann

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Elena Alessiato


The author expounds the methodological outlines of her research study on Thomas Mann’s political-philosophical essay Betrachtungen eines Unpolitischen (Considerations of an apolitical man). The peculiarity of this study consists in analysing Mann’s work from a point a view which combined the history of political culture with thematic issues typical of political philosophy. In this way it has been possible to show the mutual integration and the close connection existing between Mann’s political stance and the cultural-historical context at the time of the First World-War. Highlighting research issues and work perspectives, which have built the thematic and methodological frame of the study, is a chance to reflect upon interdisciplinarity, its risks, limits and research potentialities.


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