Freed from Sadness and Fear Politics, COVID-19, and the New Germany Academic Article uri icon


  • This article argues that we are witnessing the possible emergence of a Germany confident in the strength of its rational and democratic approach to governance. Thinking about this development through Baruch Spinozas insights into the centrality of reason to democracy, we suggest that Germany has responded to its past in a salutary manner by building a rational and responsible democracy. Few recent events illustrate this transformation more clearly than Germanys reaction to the covid-19 pandemic.

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altmetric score

  • 8.1

author list (cited authors)

  • Meng, M., & Seipp, A. R.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Meng, Michael||Seipp, Adam R

publication date

  • January 2021