Hans Maier (politician)

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Hans Maier (April 2012)

Hans Maier (born June 18, 1931 in Freiburg im Breisgau ) is a German political scientist , journalist and politician , including Minister of State.

education and profession

1976: Hans Maier (right) honors journalists

After graduating from high school at the Berthold-Gymnasium in Freiburg , Hans Maier studied history, German, Romance studies and philosophy in Freiburg , Munich and Paris . In 1956 he passed the state examination for the higher teaching post and received his doctorate in 1957 on the subject of Revolution and the Church: Studies on the History of the Development of Christian Democracy in France . In 1962 he completed his habilitation as a student of Arnold Bergstraesser and, after several appointments, became professor of political science at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institut at the University of Munich in the same year . He is assigned to the Freiburg School of Political Science.


Hans Maier at the Corpus Christi procession in Munich's Ludwigstrasse in 1971 (first row on the left)

From 1970 to 1986 Hans Maier was Bavarian Minister of Culture . In the first few years of his tenure he was a member of neither the state parliament nor the CSU . In 1978 he was elected for the constituency of Günzburg in the Bavarian state parliament, to which he belonged until his resignation on December 31, 1987. When the then Prime Minister Franz Josef Strauss divided the Ministry of Education between education and culture and between science and art after the state elections in 1986, Maier resigned from his office.

In 1970, Hans Maier was one of the closest founding circle of the Federation of Freedom of Science : Together with Richard Löwenthal and Hermann Lübbe , he had formulated the call for founding.

further activities

Hans Maier at the organ service

From 1985 to 1988 Hans Maier was President of the German Stage Association - Federal Association of German Theaters. In 1988 (until his retirement in 1999) he took over the Guardini chair for Christian worldview, religious and cultural theory at the LMU Munich . In addition, the passionate organist Maier was President of the Central Committee of German Catholics from 1976 to 1988 , to which he belonged for many more years. In 1996 he was awarded the Görres Society's Ring of Honor for his work . In 2004 he was elected a full member of the Philosophical-Historical Class of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences . Since 1976 he has been a member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry .

In 2011, Gerhard Ludwig Müller (2002 to 2012 Bishop of Regensburg) banned Maier from appearing in church rooms. In his biography, Maier had previously criticized the church's withdrawal from pregnancy conflict counseling - operated by Joseph Ratzinger (2005-2013 Pope Benedict XVI. ) , Among others - at the end of the 1990s - and campaigned for Donum Vitae .

Maier has been married since 1962 and has six daughters; he lives in Munich. He became known in political science, among other things, for his publications on political religion . He was also co-editor of the weekly newspaper Rheinischer Merkur . In 2009 the Hans-Maier-Realschule in Ichenhausen was named after him.

Awards and honors



  • Revolution and Church, Studies on the Early History of Christian Democracy 1789-1850 , Freiburg 1959. 1965. 1973
  • Thomas Aquinas . Paderborn 1961
  • Political Science in Germany. Essays on teaching tradition and educational practice , Munich 1969.
  • Critique of Political Theology . Einsiedeln 1970
  • Democracy in the church. Possibilities and limits. With Joseph Ratzinger . (1970, also in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish), new edition: Matthias-Grünewald, Lahn, Limburg 2000, ISBN 3-7867-8348-9 .
  • Political Religions - The Totalitarian Regimes and Christianity. Herder, Freiburg im Breisgau 1995, ISBN 3-451-04414-5 .
  • Collected Writings. Beck, Munich 2006–2010:
  • Bad years, good years. A life 1931 ff. Autobiography. Beck, Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-406-61285-5 .


  • Thomas Noetzel : Hans Maier - traditional holdings of the summum bonum. In: Hans Karl Rupp / Thomas Noetzel (ed.): Power, freedom, democracy. Volume 2: The second generation of West German political science. Schüren Verlag, Marburg 1994, pp. 99-110.
  • Heinrich Oberreuter : Responsibility in society, state and church: Hans Maier. In: Hans-Rüdiger Schwab (Ed.): Stubbornness and attachment. Catholic intellectuals in the 20th century. Butzon & Bercker, Kevelaer 2009, pp. 615–630.
  • Hans Otto Seitschek (ed.): Christ and time. Hans Maier on his 75th birthday. Symposium at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich on June 17, 2006. Academic Publishing House, Munich 2007.
  • Hans Otto Seitschek: Hans Maier (born 1931). In: Eckhard Jesse / Sebastian Liebold (eds.): German political scientists - work and effect. From Abendroth to Zellentin. Nomos, Baden-Baden 2014, pp. 525-537.
  • Theo Stammen / Heinrich Oberreuter / Paul Mikat (eds.): Politics - Education - Religion. Hans Maier on his 65th birthday. Schöningh, Paderborn et al. 1996.

Web links

Commons : Hans Maier  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Founding appeal from 1970.
  2. ^ Bishop Müller forbids reading with the ex-ZdK boss
  3. ^ Pope Francis unsettles the German bishops
  4. ^ Literary Society Gräfelfing ( Memento from April 19, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  5. ^ List of the bearers of the honor ring of the city of Bamberg
  6. Announcement of awards of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In: Federal Gazette . Vol. 25, No. 43, March 9, 1973.
  7. Announcement of awards of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In: Federal Gazette . Vol. 30, No. 194, October 13, 1978.
  8. AAS 82 (1990), n. 4, p. 409
  9. Alfred Selmaier: Is Europe really exhausted in the euro? 15 years of citizens' initiative to promote humanistic education in Bavaria: III. Eulogy. In: Forum Classicum 41, 1, 1998, pp. 8-9.
  10. http://www.bayerische-volksstiftung.de/56.html