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Extra resources for An Unmastered Past: The Autobiographical Reflections of Leo Lowenthal
I felt as if I were in an echo chamber, where from all sides I was pummeled with questions, none of which I quite understood. My biggest and most fundamental mistake at that time was to equate American with German government service. I was around fifty, and if German standards had applied, I probably would have stayed in the foreign service until retirement. Today I sometimes have to laugh at my naïveté then. I didn't realize the internal mobility and politicization of the governmental apparatus.
Diplomats and other high government officials who worked in Washington looked down on this enormous propaganda apparatus and the information service much more than the officials working out in the field did. To their way of thinking, this was no way to conduct foreign policy; they treated us with great condescension. Whenever they wanted to know something from us, they would always demand immediate answers. " While they had disdain for our nondiplomatic activities, they nonetheless demanded quick answers to difficult, ― 86 ― complex questions.
Dubiel: You have now touched on it yourself. There was the attempt to unite general theoretical perspectives with detailed empirical work. So, there was the goal of integrating philosophy with various particular scientific approaches. Well, that's fine. But to what extent was this methodology made explicit? Did you discuss this epistemology together, or were these exclusively Horkheimer's private views? ― 71 ― Lowenthal: That's difficult for me to answer. All of that tends toward an organizational form.
An Unmastered Past: The Autobiographical Reflections of Leo Lowenthal by Leo Lowenthal