Paul Gottfried

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Paul Edward Gottfried
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Gottfried speaking at an October 2017 event in New York.
BornNovember 21, 1941 (1941-11-21) (age 79)
Alma materYeshiva University (B.A., 1963)
Yale University (M.Sc., 1965)
Yale University (Ph.D., 1967)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Doctoral advisorHerbert Marcuse
Main interests
Welfare state, democratic pluralism, Romanticism

Paul Edward Gottfried (born November 21, 1941) is an American paleoconservative philosopher, historian, and columnist. He is a former Horace Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. He is currently editor-in-chief of Chronicles magazine.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

His father was a successful furrier from Budapest, who had fled Hungary after the July Putsch of 1934. The family relocated to Bridgeport soon after his birth. Gottfried attended Yeshiva University in New York as an undergraduate and returned to Connecticut to attend Yale for graduate school.


Gottfried is opposed to nation-building and is an avid critic of American interventionist foreign policy.[2]

Gottfried is also the first person to use the term "alternative right", when referring specifically to developments within American right-wing politics, in 2008.[3] Richard B. Spencer co-created the term with Gottfried while working together at Taki's Magazine and helped it to gain wide currency through media attention surrounding conferences organized by his think tank, the white supremacist National Policy Institute.[4][5][6]

In 2018, he joined the Institut des sciences sociales, économiques et politiques (Institute of Social, Economic and Political Sciences), founded by Marion Maréchal and Thibaut Monnier, in Lyon, France.[7]

Gottfried is the US correspondent of Nouvelle École, a Nouvelle Droite journal founded by GRECE in 1968.[8]

Selected publications[edit]


  • Conservative Millenarians: The Romantic Experience in Bavaria, Fordham University Press, 1979 ISBN 978-0-8232-0982-8
  • The Search for Historical Meaning: Hegel and the Postwar American Right, Northern Illinois Univ Press, 1986 ISBN 0-87580-114-5
  • The Conservative Movement, Twayne Pub 1988, with Thomas Fleming (second edition 1992) ISBN 0-8057-9724-6
  • Carl Schmitt: Politics and Theory, Greenwood Press 1990, ISBN 0-313-27209-3
  • After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State, Princeton University Press, 2001 ISBN 0-691-08982-5
  • Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt: Towards a Secular Theocracy, University of Missouri Press, 2002 ISBN 0-8262-1417-7
  • The Strange Death of Marxism: The European Left in the New Millennium, University of Missouri Press, 2005 ISBN 0-8262-1597-1
  • Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007 ISBN 0-230-61479-5
  • Encounters: My Life with Nixon, Marcuse, and Other Friends and Teachers (1 ed.). Wilmington, Del: Intercollegiate Studies Institute. May 15, 2009. ISBN 978-1-933859-99-6.
  • Leo Strauss and the American Conservative Movement, Cambridge University Press, 2012 ISBN 978-1-1070-1724-5
  • War and Democracy, Arktos, 2012, ISBN 978-1907166808
  • Fascism: The Career of a Concept, Northern Illinois University Press, 2015 ISBN 978-0-8758-0493-4
  • Revisions and Dissents, Northern Illinois University Press, 2017 ISBN 978-0875807621
  • Antifascism: The Course of a Crusade, Northern Illinois University Press, 2021 ISBN 978-1501759352




  1. ^ "Paul Gottfried". Chronicles Magazine.
  2. ^ Utley, Jon Basil. "The Untold Story of Antiwar Conservatives". The American Conservative.
  3. ^ "Meet the Jewish 'Paleoconservative' Who Coined The Term 'Alternative Right'". The Forward. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Staff. "Paul Gottfried: Don't call me the 'godfather' of those alt-right neo-Nazis. I'm Jewish". National Post.
  5. ^ Glueck, Katie (November 19, 2016). "Alt-right celebrates Trump's election at D.C. meeting". Politico.
  6. ^ Goldstein, Joseph (November 20, 2016). "Alt-Right Gathering Exults in Trump Election With Nazi-Era Salute". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.
  7. ^ Catherine Lagrange (June 22, 2018). "L'école de Marion Maréchal : du business et de la culture (très à droite)". Le Point (in French). Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  8. ^ François, Stéphane (2018). "Réflexions sur le paganisme d'extrême droite". Social Compass. 65 (2): 275. doi:10.1177/0037768618768439. ISSN 0037-7686.