Peter Wagner (social theorist)

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Peter Wagner is a German social and political theorist. 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. He is a former Professor of Social and Political Theory at the European University Institute, Florence,[1] a Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick[2] and an ICREA Research Professor at University of Barcelona.[3]


  • Theorizing Modernity. Inescapability and Attainability in Social Theory. SAGE: London 2001. ISBN 978-0761951476
  • Modernity as Experience and Interpretation: A New Sociology of Modernity. Polity Press: London 2008. ISBN 978-0-7456-4218-5
  • The languages of civil society (editor). Berghahn Books: New York/Oxford 2006. ISBN 1-84545-119-8
  • 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. Routledge: London 1993. ISBN 9780415081863
  • Der Raum des Gelehrten (with Heidrun Friese, 1993)
  • Sozialwissenschaften und Staat. Frankreich, Italien, Deutschland 1870-1980 (1990)

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