Hans Freyer (31 July 1887- 18 January 1969) was a German sociologist and philosopher and part of the Conservative Revolutionary movement.
Freyer began studying theology, national economics, history and philosophy, with the aim of becoming a Lutheran theologian, but later gave up the theological parts. In 1925, moving on to the University of Leipzig, Freyer founded the university's sociology department. He led the department until 1948. In Leipzig, he developed a branch of sociology with a strongly historical basis, the "Leipzig School".
Initially supportive of an authoritarian state and National Socialism, he is stated to in 1933 to have forced Ferdinand Tönnies, an outspoken enemy of NSDAP, and then president of the German Sociological Association, out of office. Nevertheless, as Tönnies' successor he abstained from making the organization a NSDAP tool by stopping all activities from 1934 onwards. By the late 1930s, he was disappointed by the repressive nature of the regime.
After the Second World War, Freyer's position in Leipzig, now in the Soviet occupation zone, became untenable, and in 1948 he took up a position at the Brockhaus publishing company. He took up lecturing again for only another three years, from 1953 to 1955, at the University of Münster and for a short time in 1954 in Ankara, where he helped set up an institute for sociology.
After World War II, Freyer supported relatively more liberal views.
- The Revolutionary Conservative Critique of Oswald Spengler - Also on Hans Freyer.