Prof. Peter Baehr

BSocSc, PhD(Leicester); CertEd (Manchester)

Office: WYL209, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
TEL: (852) 2616 7185
FAX: (852) 2456 0737


  Chair Professor of Social Theory

Research | Top

  1. Social and political thought
  2. History of predatory regime types
  3. Political language

Publications | Top

Books Authored

Unmasked! Social Theory and the Politics of Exposure. London/New York: Routledge, 2018.

Founders, Classics, Canons: Modern Disputes over the Origins and Appraisal of Sociology's Heritage. New Brunswick, N.J. Transaction. 2nd, paperback edition with a Preface by Steven Lukes and Critical Essays by Adomas Puras, William Outhwaite, and Philip Walsh, 2016 (orig. 2002), pp. 310.

Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism and the Social Sciences. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010, pp. 248.

Caesarism, Charisma and Fate. Historical Sources and Modern Resonances in the Work of Max Weber. New Brunswick, N.J. Transaction, 2008, pp. 243.

Caesar and The Fading of the Roman World. Author. New Brunswick, N.J: Transaction, 1998, pp. 359. A Choice “Outstanding Book of 1998.”


Edited Books

The Anthem Companion to Hannah Arendt. Co-editor (with Philip Walsh) and contributor. London/New York: Anthem. 2017, pp. 274.

Dictatorship in History and Theory: Bonapartism, Caesarism, Totalitarianism. Co-editor (with Melvin Richter) and contributor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 308.

The Protestant Ethic and the” Spirit” of Capitalism and Other Writings. Co-editor/translator (with Gordon C. Wells]). New York: Penguin, 2002, pp. 392.
Nominated for the Wolff (Translation) Prize

The Portable Hannah Arendt. Editor. New York: Penguin, 2000; 2nd ed. 2003, pp. 576 + lxii.

Max Weber: The Russian Revolutions. Co-editor/translator, Gordon C. Wells. Cornell University Press, 1995, pp. 287.


Journal Special Issues

A Conservative in Academe: Robert Nisbet and American Sociology.” Special issue of The American Sociologist. Editor and Contributor. 45:1 (2014).

Journal of Classical Sociology. Special Issue on the Thought and Legacy of Raymond Aron. Editor and contributor. 11:2 (2011).

Journal of Classical Sociology. Special Issue on the Centenary of Max Weber’s “Protestant Ethic and the ‘Spirit’ of Capitalism.”Editor. 5:1 (2005).

Citizenship Studies. Special Issue on Citizenship and Democracy in Hong Kong 5:2 (2001). Editor and Contributor.

Current Sociology. Special Issue on Canons 42:1 (1994). pp. 126 (co-author, with Mike O’Brien).


Articles and Book Chapters (2010 onwards)

“Unmasking, or Theoretical Exposure,” Cambridge Handbook of Social Theory, ed. Peter Kivisto. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (completed; forthcoming 2018a).

“Paradoxes of Diversity” (with Daniel Gordon), Sage Handbook of Political Sociology, eds. William Outhwaite and Stephen Turner. New York: Sage (completed; forthcoming 2018b).

"The Theory of Totalitarian Leadership,” in The Anthem Companion to Hannah Arendt. Editor and contributor. London/New York: Anthem, 2017a, pp. 221-248.

“Rules of Relevance: Five Exercises in Thinking,” Canadian Review of Sociology (completed; forthcoming 2017b).

“Movement, Formation, Maintenance: Totalitarian Variations in the Soviet Union,” in Totalitarian Societies and Democratic Transition (ed. Tomasso Piffer). Budapest/New York: Central European University Press (completed; forthcoming 2017c).

Entries on “Community of Fate,” “Debunking,” “Grey Zone,” “Phobic Social Language,” and “Social Closure” in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Edition (ed. George Ritzer). Oxford: Wiley (completed; forthcoming 2017d).

“Foreword” to Donald Levine, Dialogical Social Theory, New Brunswick, N.J. Transaction (completed; forthcoming 2017e).

“Stalinism in Retrospect,” History and Theory 54 (3) 2015a: 353-366.

“American Sociology and the Limits of Partisan Expertise,” The American Sociologist, 46 (1) 2015b: 40-50.

“British Sociology and Raymond Aron,” in Sociological Amnesia: Cross Currents in Disciplinary History (eds. Alexander Law and Eric Royal Lybeck). London/New York: Routledge, 2015c, pp. 7-36.  

“One to Avoid, One to Engage: Unmasking and Conflict Pluralism as European Heritages,” HA: The Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center 3 (October) 2015d: 107-120.

“Totalitarianism in America? Robert Nisbet on the ‘Wilson War State’ and Beyond,” The American Sociologist 45 (1), 2014a: 84-102.

“The Informers: Hannah Arendt’s Appraisal of Whittaker Chambers and the Ex-Communists,” European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology 1 (1) 2014b: 35-66.

“The Honored Outsider. Raymond Aron as Sociologist,” Sociological Theory 31 (2) 2013a: 93-115.

“The Undoing of Humanism,” Society 50 (4) 2013b: 379-390.

“The Problem of Unmasking in Ideology and Utopia,” Sociologica: Italian Journal of Sociology On-Line,1/2013c: 1-32.

“Unmasking and Disclosure: Contrasting Modes for Understanding Religious and Other Beliefs” (with Daniel Gordon), Journal of Sociology 48 (4) 2012a: 380-396.

Debating Totalitarianism: An Exchange of Letters between Eric Voegelin and Hannah Arendt” (with Gordon C. Wells), History and Theory 51 (3), 2012b: 364-380.

“On the Edge of Solidarity,”(with Daniel Gordon) Society 49 (5) 2012c: 457-467.

“Imagining Sociological Theory,” Canadian Journal of Sociology 36 (2) 2011a: 213-218 (review essay).

“Marxism and Islamism. Intellectual Conformity in Raymond Aron’s Time and Our Own,” Journal of Classical Sociology 11 (2) 2011b: 173-90.

“L’ideologia totalitaria: interpretazioni a confronto,” in Società totalitarie e transizione all demcrozia (eds. Tomasso Piffer and Vladislav Zubok.) Bologna: Il Mulino, 2011c, pp. 73-105.

“Purity and Danger in the Modern University,” Society 48 (4) 2011d: 297-300.

“China the Anomaly,” European Journal of Political Theory 9 (3) 2010a: 267-286.

“Leon Botstein on Hannah Arendt and Max Weber: An Interview,” Max Weber Studies 10 (1) 2010b: 95-100.


Teaching Subjects | Top

Academic Year:  2016-2017:
1st Term: SOC3201 Classical Sociological Theory
2nd Term: CLE9005 Reading Great Social Thinkers

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