Professor of Political Theory
Department of Political Science
University of Colorado at Boulder
HORST MEWES was born near Hamburg, Germany. He is a member of the department of political science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1970 as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, did undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Hamburg.
He attended the University of Heidelberg as a Humboldt Fellow. Between 1979 and 1994 Horst Mewes has taught regularly as a visiting professor at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. In 2008, he was a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Portugal.
In the spirit of Benjamin Constant, Horst Mewes specializes in the modern problems of citizenship, especially of harmonizing private and public freedoms. Recent emphasis has been on political action theories (like Hannah Arendt) and theories of practical reasoning, both classic and modern (ranging from Aristotle to Leo Strauss and Habermas).
Professor Mewes has published both in German and English, including a book on American political thought and politics (in German), and articles and book chapters on liberalism, citizenship, and the German environmental movement.
Mewes, Horst. Hannah Arendt's Political Humanism. Forthcoming (2008). Peter Lang Publishing Group.
Kielmansegg, Peter G., Horst Mewes, and Elisabeth Glaser-Schmidt, editors. 1995. Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss: German Emigrés and American Political Thought after World War II. Cambridge University Press.
Mewes, Horst. Das Politische System der USA, Universitaet-Taschenbuch Verlag, UTB, Second -Edition 1994