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Wolf Lepenies

Born: 11-Jan-1941
Birthplace: Olsztyn, Poland

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Sociologist

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Melancholy and Society

Scientific writer, biographer, and sociologist Wolf Lepenies is the former Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, "a temporary learning community characterized by diversity of discipline, by internationality, and by interculturality". He is known for his writings exploring the bankruptcy of European intellectuals, and his book-length analysis of melancholy, Melancholie und Gesellschaft (Melancholy and Society).

Wife: (married, three children)

    University: PhD, University of Münster
    Scholar: Princeton University
    Teacher: Sociology, Free University of Berlin (1970-77)
    Teacher: Sociology, Maison Sciences de l'homme Paris (1977-79)
    Teacher: Institute for Advanced Study (1979-80)
    Professor: Sociology, Institute for Advanced Study (1982-84)
    Professor: Sociology, Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin (1984-2006)
    Professor: Sociology, Free University of Berlin (1984-2006)
    Administrator: Director of Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin (1986-2001)
    Scholar: Collège de France (1991-92)
    Professor: Sociology, Institute for Advanced Study (2002-04)

    Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels 2006
    French Legion of Honor

Author of books:
Melancholie und Gesellschaft (Melancholy and Society) (1969)
Das Ende der Naturgeschichte (The End of Natural History) (1976)
Geschichte der Soziologie (History of Sociology) (1981)
Die drei Kulturen: Soziologie zwischen Literatur und Wissenschaft (Between Literature and Science: The Rise of Sociology) (1985)
Folgen einer Unerhörten Begebenheit (Consequences of an Unbelievable Occurrence) (1992)
Saint-Beuve: Auf der Schwelle zur Moderne (Sainte Beuve: On the Threshold of Modernism) (1997)
Benimm und Erkenntnis (Behaviour and Realization) (1997)
The Seduction of Culture in German History (2006)
Kultur und Politik: Deutsche Geschichten (Culture and Politics: German Stories) (2006)



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