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Peter Schütt

Ph.D./Philosophy

Peter Schütt

Peter Schütt was born in 1939 in Basbeck on the Niederelbe. He studied German and history in Göttingen, Bonn, and Hamburg. After obtaining a university diploma, he submitted his dissertation about the Baroque author, Andreas Gryphius, and received his doctorate in philosophy.

In 1968, Peter Schütt was active in the student movement. From 1971 until 1988, he was a board member of the German Communist Party from which he was expelled for his support of Mikhail Gorbachev’s reform course. He thereupon left the party and reflected on his experiences in the book Mein Letztes Gefecht (My Last Fight).

Peter Schutt is a member of the Hamburg Patriotischen Gesellschaft von 1765 (Patriotic Society of 1765) since 1993, and is in charge of the Interreligiösen Dialog (Inter-religious Dialog).

As a long-standing journalist, he has shared his philosophical and literary thoughts in the Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Zeit, and Die Welt newspapers. He also attained renown through his travel reports about Vietnam, the Soviet Union, the USA, Central Africa, and Iran. Taking a critical viewpoint on racism and colonialism around the world as well as that occurring in his home country is one of his central themes. His reports and his peace and love poems have been translated into many languages, including English, Russian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Arabic, and Persian.

Peter Schütt has published more than 30 books and written over 800 articles for various culture and art magazines. His complete literary production is archived in the Hamburg City Library.

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