Urs Jaeggi

Urs Jaeggi [ jæki ] ( born June 23, 1931 in Solothurn ) is a Swiss sociologist, writer and visual artist.

Life and work

Urs Jaeggi is the son of a notary. He trained as a banker and worked for five years in this profession. At the same time he took on the second-chance education after his matriculation examination and then studied economics and sociology at Geneva, Bern and Berlin. In 1959 he was at the University of Bern Dr. rer. pol. doctorate. He was assistant to the development sociologists Richard Fritz Behrendt. After that, he was from 1959 to 1961 Assistant Professor at the University of Münster and at the Social Research Centre in Dortmund. From 1961 he taught at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Bern, where he qualified as a professor in 1964. In 1965, he was there, " Associate Professor " of sociology. In the 1960s, he was married to the psychologist Eva Jaeggi. Their daughter Rahel Jaeggi is a professor of philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

In 1966 he was appointed to the newly founded Ruhr- University Bochum, where he held a chair of sociology. Parts of the student movement were related to his work, and in particular the analysis in power and rule in the Federal Republic ( 1969). Unlike his successor at the Bochum Chair Leo Kofler, Jaeggi combined his work in the field of sociological theory with approaches of empirical social research. Since the 60s he published, inter alia, significant works on political sociology. 1970/71 he was a visiting professor at the New School for Social Research in New York. From 1972 to 1992, Jaeggi professor at the Institute of Sociology, Free University of Berlin.

Urs Jaeggi is not only emerged as the author of numerous sociological work, but also as an author of fiction works. His archive is located in the Swiss Literary Archives in Bern. Since 1985, Jaeggi is also active as a painter, sculptor, and in the field of performance art.

Urs Jaeggi lives in Berlin and Mexico City.

Memberships and Prices

Urs Jaeggi part of the PEN center of Germany (since 1977), the Association of German writers, the Writers' Union authors of Switzerland and the German Society for Sociology. He received such as the 1964 Literature Prize of the city of Berlin, 1978 Literature Prize of the canton of Bern, in 1981 the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in Klagenfurt, 1988 Solothurn Art Prize and in 1998 the Lower Austrian Art Prize.


  • The social elite, Bern [u a ] 1960
  • ( with Herbert Wiedemann ) The clerk in the automated office, Stuttgart 1963
  • ( with Robert Bosshard and Jürg Siegenthaler ) Sports and Student, Bern [u a ] 1963
  • The benefits of the moon, Munich 1963
  • The accomplice, Munich 1964
  • Mountain communities in transition, Bern 1965
  • ( with Herbert Wiedemann ) and the employees in the industrial society, Stuttgart [ a ] 1966
  • The sociologist, Bern 1966
  • ( with Rudolf Steiner and Willy Wyniger ) The Vietnam War and the press, Zurich 1966
  • A man walks past, Zurich [u a ] 1968
  • Order and chaos, Frankfurt am Main 1968
  • Power and rule in the Federal Republic, Frankfurt am Main [u a. ] 1969 New Issue: capital and labor in the Federal Republic Fischer Paperback 6510 ISBN 3-43601685-3
  • Working class and literature, Frankfurt am Main, 1972 ( together with Peter Kühne )
  • For and against the revolutionary impatience, Zurich [u a ] 1972
  • Literature and politics, Frankfurt am Main 1972
  • Stories about us, Frankfurt am Main 1973
  • ( with Sven Papcke ) revolution and theory, Frankfurt am Main Vol 1 materials for understanding the bourgeois revolution, 1974


  • Social structure and political systems, Cologne 1976
  • Theories of historical materialism, Frankfurt am Main (together with Axel Honneth ) Vol 1 (1977 )
  • Vol 2 work, action, normativity, 1980

Exhibition catalogs

  • Pictures of Urs Jaeggi, Solothurn 1985
  • Urs Jaeggi, Bern 1990
  • Urs Jaeggi, figures, Zurich 1991
  • Urs Jaeggi: stairs, flying, heads, words, Berlin 2004