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Peter Wagner is a German social philosopher. His research focus is with the issues of social theory and political philosophy of contemporary Europe. He has done comparative research in the history of the social sciences, and has in his publications attempted to formulate and utilize a sociology of modernity.


  • Modernity as experience and interpretation: a new sociology of modernity (2008)
  • The languages of civil society (editor, 2006)
  • Theorizing modernity. Inescapability and attainability in social theory (2001)
  • 'A history and theory of the social sciences (2001)
  • Le travail et la nation (co-editor, 1999)
  • A sociology of modernity: liberty and discipline (1994)
  • Der Raum des Gelehrten (with Heidrun Friese, 1993)
  • Sozialwissenschaften und Staat. Frankreich, Italien, Deutschland 1870-1980 (1990)

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