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Prof. Peter Baehr  
Research Professor in Social Theory
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


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Research | Top

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


Publications | Top

Books Authored | Top

The Unmasking Style in Social Theory. London/New York: Routledge, 2019, pp. 174.
Symposia on this book forthcoming in The American Sociologist and The Canadian Review of Sociology

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 | Top

The Penguin Book of Dictators. Editor. New York: Penguin (in progress).

The Anthem Companion to Hannah Arendt. Co-editor (with Philip Walsh) and contributor. London/New York: Anthem. 2017, pp. 274. Translated into Chinese and published by Peking University Press.

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 | Top

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-authored with Mike O’Brien).


Articles and Book Chapters (2010 onwards) | Top

“Unmasking Religion: Marx’s Stance, Tocqueville’s Alternative,” The Anthem Companion to Alexis de Tocqueville, edited by Daniel Gordon. London/New York: Anthem, 2019a, pp. 21-42

“Hannah Arendt on Education,” in The Bloomsbury Companion to Hannah Arendt, eds. Peter Gratton and Yasemin Sari. London: Bloomsbury (forthcoming 2019b)

“The Unsafe Feminist: Rebecca West and the ‘Bitter Rapture of Truth’,” Quillette Dec. 3, 2018,

“Paradoxes of Diversity” (with Daniel Gordon), Sage Handbook of Political Sociology, eds. William Outhwaite and Stephen Turner. New York: Sage, 2017a, pp. 977 - 998.

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

“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, 2017c, pp. 19 - 52.

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, 2017d.

“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:  2018-2019:
1st Term : SOC3201 Classical Sociological Theory
2nd Term: SOC2101 Introduction to Sociology (tutorials only)
MPhil Student : Mr. YIP Yui-fung



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