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Warren Breckman

Associate Professor of History

Warren Breckman (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is associate professor of modern European intellectual and cultural history at the University of Pennsylvania.  His books include Karl Marx, the Young Hegelians, and the Origins of Radical Social Theory: Dethroning the Self (Cambridge, 1999; paperback 2001) and European Romanticism: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford, 2007).  He is currently working on a book titled Adventures of the Symbolic: French Postmarxism and Democratic Theory, to be published by Columbia University Press.  In addition, he has published articles on the history of philosophy and political thought, the development of consumer culture, modernism and urban culture, historical theory, contemporary theory, and nationalism.  

Breckman has been a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, a member of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, and a visiting scholar at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada.  He is executive co-editor of the Journal of the History of Ideas, a founding editor of Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte, and a member of the editorial group of Lapham's Quarterly.

At Penn, Professor Breckman offers lecture courses on the intellectual and cultural history of Europe from the Enlightenment to the present, and he has taught seminars on themes such as the history of political thought, psychoanalysis, intellectuals and politics, and theories of the self. In 1997, Professor Breckman was the first recipient of the Richard S. Dunn Award for Distinguished Teaching.