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29.09.2016
Ana Mangas

Youth in Ukraine: The motor of change?

Young people have acted as the main engine of protest in recent decades in Ukraine. But it has not been easy for the new generations to channel that presence on the streets when gaining political power. Ana Mangas reports. [English version added] [ more ]

27.09.2016
Katja Garmasch

Women fighters in eastern Ukraine

26.09.2016
Javier García Toni

Ukraine through the looking glass

22.09.2016
Maria Teteriuk

A litmus test for post-Maidan democracy

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14.09.2016
Eurozine Review

The violent closet?

'L'Homme' looks at public discourse on sexual violence; 'New Humanist' questions the link between self-loathing and homophobia; 'Sarajevo Notebook' focuses on the politics of the pregnant female body; 'Osteuropa' recalls the history of terrorism on the peripheries of the Russian Empire; 'Blätter' sharpens the definition of modern slavery; 'dérive' examines the infrastructural discrimination of Roma; 'Glänta' joins a European discussion about more than just disintegration; 'Ny Tid' doubts the official version of the coup in Turkey.

27.07.2016
Eurozine Review

Peak democracy?

13.07.2016
Eurozine Review

Critical junctures

29.06.2016
Eurozine Review

The narrowest of margins

15.06.2016
Eurozine Review

Not looking closely enough


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Matthias Dell

Ai Weiwei and the Euro 2016 football championships

Ever since Ai Weiwei's presence in Berlin became more permanent, he seems to have simultaneously lost his aura as a dissident Chinese artist and alienated the art world as a kind of arty, conformist Berliner. But conformism can cut both ways, writes Matthias Dell. [more]

29.06.2016


Robin Detje

Impertinence, beauty, opposition

Three journeys to the arts

Robin Detje casts a sceptical eye on headline events during the past year in the sphere of fine art, ranging from biennales in Venice and Istanbul to a podium discussion between Alexander Garcia Düttmann and Juliane Rebentisch in Berlin. [more]

20.05.2016


Patrick Bahners

A superfluous undertaking?

On the annotated edition of "Mein Kampf"

In January 2016, the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich published a new critical edition of "Mein Kampf", containing around 3,500 annotations. Patrick Bahners reports on the highly controversial debate surrounding the publication of a work banned by the Allies in 1945. [Norwegian version added] [more]

02.05.2016


Andreas Bernard

The total archive

On the function of not-knowing in digital culture

From Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream" to Nora Ephron's "You've Got Mail", it's the gaps in characters' knowledge that are decisive in propelling the plot forward, writes Andreas Bernard. But now information is permanently available, narrative and imagination will never be the same again. [more]

24.02.2016


Philippe Descola, Cord Riechelmann, Danilo Scholz

A conversation with Philippe Descola

In interview in "Merkur", Philippe Descola describes the trajectory of his thought: from Lévi-Strauss and post-structuralist philosophical anthropology via field-work with the Achuar of Amazonia through to his major 2005 work "Beyond Nature and Culture". [more]

16.12.2015


Kathrin Passig, Aleks Scholz

Mud and mush and bits

Why there's no such thing as digitalization

Either digitalization is celebrated as capable of rescuing the world or damned as the beginning of the end, write Kathrin Passig and Aleks Scholz. But a more nuanced approach is both possible and desirable, including to the categories "digital" and "analogue" themselves. [more]

09.11.2015


Thomas Etzemüller

Moving into "the true"

Self-representation in the academy

Norbert Elias launched his career with a lecture in Marianne Weber's salon. Sandra Beaufays showed how academics attach their name to a subject area, then become its public face. But what exactly makes for a stellar performance in academia today? Thomas Etzemüller reports. [more]

13.10.2015


Ernst-Wilhelm Händler

Art, criticism and money

The number of commercial art galleries is estimated to have increased worldwide from around 200 to 2000 during the last 20 years. Ernst-Wilhelm Händler notes that the quantity of both artworks and art criticism has kept pace with this development. But what has happened to quality? [more]

21.09.2015


Christoph Menke

The possibility of revolution

Whether economic, political or ecological, today's crises have gone on too long. Revolution is in vogue once again, feeding off an apparent lack of solutions. But, writes Christoph Menke, by the same rationale, talk of revolution becomes a mere expression of crisis. [more]

28.07.2015


Ekkehard Knörer

The Sundermeier debate

Literature, mediascapes and criticism

Admittedly, says Ekkehard Knörer, literary criticism's downfall has been predicted ever since the practice began. But today's heady mixture of precarity and diffuse mediascapes poses new challenges. Not that these can destroy the idealism that always saw the field through. [more]

03.06.2015


Claus Pias

Friedrich Kittler and the "misuse of military equipment"

Or, how to historicize media theory

Today's monolithic devices have taken us a long way from the do-it-yourself and home computer culture at its height in the 1980s. But has the account that new media theory pioneer Friedrich Kittler gave of that culture withstood the test of time? Claus Pias takes stock. [more]

08.04.2015


Carlos Spoerhase

Little magazines, great hopes

The little literary magazine defined literary modernism, flourishing in a sociotope of small publishers and galleries, independent book shops and literary cafés, clubs and cabarets. Carlos Spoerhase considers the medium's fortunes, after the decoupling of aesthetic and political concerns. [more]

11.03.2015


Sebastian Conrad

The place of global history

Eurocentrism has necessarily given way to countless centrisms, the centrisms of the South being foremost among them, writes Sebastian Conrad. But while standpoint is everything, one must remain alert to the pitfalls posed by nativism and, equally, the commodification of difference. [more]

10.12.2014


Jan von Brevern

Really great art

Michael Fried's praise of photography

Art historians may profit from publications that simply reinforce decisions made in art markets and institutions as to the value of art. But their discipline, the public and works of art tend to lose out as a result. Jan von Brevern unveils the latest threat to photography. [more]

15.10.2014


Philipp Felsch

We need pictures

Theory design after the German autumn

Journals react much faster to intellectual trends than the cumbersome baggage of monographs, writes Philipp Felsch. The founding of the German journal "Tumult" in the late 1970s being a case in point. With it, a new language of theory was born. [more]

03.09.2014


Wolfgang Kemp

The oligarch

Thoughts on a career path

After the loans for shares, mergers, litigation and an unhealthy dependency on natural resources, all that's likely to remain of any real worth is the yacht in the harbour. Thus concludes Wolfgang Kemp in this attempt to grasp the rise (and fall) of Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs. [more]

06.08.2014


Edith Lynn Beer

My family's Austro-Hungarian Empire

Edith Lynn Beer's family history holds a mirror up to the short twentieth century: an era in which peoples, cultures, languages and place names came and went as one tried to survive the experience of war. Code-switching and culture shocks became permament features of everyday life. [more]

24.06.2014


Susanne Röckel

New Europe

A sketch from the Danube

The perils of European integration are well represented at the Danubian port of Calafat, southern Romania. Suzanne Röckel reports on how the completion of a road and rail bridge named "New Europe" in 2013, connecting the city to the Bulgarian bank, all but destroyed Calafat's social fabric. [more]

14.05.2014


Francis Nenik

Oh where was he going?

The story of Edward Vincent Swart

Francis Nenik relates the life of poet and anti-Apartheid activist Vincent Swart, who practised his politics in Cape Town and Johannesburg, published his poetry in Cambridge, drank brandy by the bottle and argued with his cousin, a future president of South Africa. [more]

09.04.2014


András Bruck

Rear exit

The hollowing out of a state

Ahead of parliamentary elections in Hungary next month, András Bruck wonders whether the opposition can reverse the country's prospects. The point of no return, he writes, came on 2 January 2012, when the new constitution entered into force despite public protest. [more]

12.03.2014


Kathrin Passig

The trouble with "us"

The blurring of social roles and the consensus illusion

Consensus among online communities may all too often prove fragile if not illusory. But, writes Kathrin Passig, as long as Internet users can adapt to groups that actually agree on only a select few issues, there is no need to lose faith in social media. [English version added] [more]

07.03.2014


Beate Roessler

Desperately seeking women

Gender quotas were first discussed over 30 years ago; where introduced, they have successfully offset structural discrimination against women. So why do many countries still not have them? Concentrating on the German situation, Beate Rössler re-states the case. [more]

28.02.2014


Horst Meier

Germany's constitution: Who's protecting whom?

In Germany, the observation of so-called "extremists" by the intelligence agency known as the Verfassungsschutz is based on an outdated understanding of constitutional democracy. The organization is in dire need of reform, writes Horst Meier. [more]

12.02.2014


Rainer Hank

We Europeans

After the loss of innocence

No wonder the Germans accepted the idea of Europe so readily after 1945, writes Rainer Hank: they did not need to change their habits of thought greatly. Moreover, widespread ignorance about this problematic continuity poses yet another threat to mutual trust in Europe. [more]

17.01.2014


Lothar Müller, Thomas Steinfeld

The future of the newspaper

Digitalization is already part of the newspaper, both in terms of the production process and distribution. And the dual structure of print and digital media is likely to persist, write Thomas Steinfeld and Lothar Müller. The ultimate triumph of digital over print media is by no means imminent. [more]

18.12.2013


Ina Andrae

Why women remain reluctant to submit essays

Merkur, Germany

"Merkur" have confronted the predominance of male contributors to the journal with an issue produced exclusively by women. That this had little lasting impact may rest upon the essay genre itself, together with gender-specific time economies and even expectations concerning quality. [more]

14.11.2013


Christian Demand

The dream of perfect smoothness

From pre-war Bauhaus and its Cold War era successors to the latest media devices and corporate campuses: Christian Demand reveals how political and technological developments have kept alive the allure of sleek surfaces in architecture and industrial design. [more]

17.09.2013


Irina Doronina, Gasan Gusejnov

Russia and Germany

A dialogue

[more]

27.08.2013


Wolfgang Matz

The nation or Europe?

France and the return of the German problem

Fifty years after the Élysée Treaty, Germany is the focus of renewed attention in France. Wolfgang Matz is at pains to explain that, while healthy competition between the two countries is wholly unproblematic, anything more adversarial may well threaten European unity. [more]

10.07.2013


David Levine, Alix Rule

International Art English

On the rise -- and the space -- of the art-world press release

International Art English, or IAE, is the language through which contemporary art is created, promoted, sold and understood. More than a technical vocabulary, IAE is the Esperanto of the fantastically mobile and glamorous art world. And yet, it is also in existential peril. [more]

17.06.2013


Lothar Müller

Deadline

A history of timeliness

The first printed newspaper appeared 150 years after Gutenberg, as the postal service replaced the messenger and news began to spread faster. Yet the format developed slowly, as Müller shows in a history of print media that concludes with the Internet age. [English version added] [more]

30.04.2013


Helmut König

In praise of dissidence

There is much to celebrate in the history of Cold War dissidence, writes Helmut König. Which is why it is crucial to recall just how the Peaceful Revolution delivered its heritage of freedom, from the thinkers and the underground printing presses to the impromptu protests. [more]

05.03.2013


Thomas Frahm

Bulgaria returns

Expanding literary horizons

Not all was lost during Bulgaria's postwar "epoch of total frustration", as Dmitri Dimov's "Tabak" and Dimitar Talev's novels show. Frahm finds in Vladimir Zarev an inspiring contemporary novelist and draws attention to emerging talents Kristin Dimitrova and Kalin Terziyski. [more]

11.02.2013


Rainer Hank

Sovereignty, not solidarity

A plea for the sovereignty of Europe's nation-states

As state sovereignty unravels, citizens lose trust in political institutions and the insidious hollowing out of democracy ensues, Rainer Hank rails against the "repressive power that the pressure of solidarity exercises over the parliaments of donor states". [more]

28.01.2013


Stefanie Peter

Phantom bodies

Or how I learned to understand Poland’s self-image

The renewed debate over the rural roots of most Poles -- or their denial thereof -- fascinates ethnologist Stefanie Peter. A new study of "the cultural history of Polish ambition" confirms her impression of Polish scepticism towards their idealized self-image as a nation of nobles. [more]

05.12.2012


Werner Plumpe

The hour of the expert

What constitutes economic expertise? Looking at how European politics has answered this question over the last four centuries, Werner Plumpe argues that, at any given time, economic expertise is judged according to its coincidence with the conjuncture. [more]

31.10.2012


Christian Demand

A fish riding a bicycle

Architectural criticism as lay preaching

Critics love to rage at architectural "abominations", accusing anyone who accepts or even likes the ugly object of "aesthetic illiteracy". However the case of Paul Schultze-Naumburg, architect, art-theorist and Nazi, cautions against claims to represent the "collective taste". [more]

26.09.2012


Helmut König

Federal Germany -- A philosophical history

Dividing philosophical currents in post-war West Germany along generation lines, Helmut König illustrates the transition from hermeneutics to ideology-critique through two forgotten scholars, illuminating the broader intellectual public sphere and the role of university politics. [more]

22.08.2012


Thomas E. Schmidt

The physicist

On tedium in German politics

German politics is defined by a tedium in which all influential actors strive to maintain consensus between the economy and politics. Angela Merkel is the apotheosis of this political culture, explains Thomas E. Schmidt. [more]

16.07.2012


Kurt Scheel

Ich wollte eigentlich nie zum Merkur

Eine sentimentale Reise

[more]

05.07.2012


Thomas Hettche

Enemy contact

On the forgotten art of soldiership

A memorial to Germany's dead soldiers prompts Thomas Hettche to ask why society today knows no appropriate way to deal with war and violence. The answer requires a return to Carl Schmitt's theory of enmity and Ernst Jünger's WW1 memoir "In Stahlgewittern". [more]

04.06.2012


Nina Verheyen

Under pressure

Since when has individual achievement been considered a social virtue? Nina Verheyen sees its roots in the rejection of the traditional social code at the end of the nineteenth century and disagrees that achievement is a genuinely "bourgeois" virtue. [more]

08.05.2012


Karl Heinz Bohrer

Aesthetics and politics

Recalling three decades of "Merkur"

[more]

07.05.2012


Benno Heussen

Europe as merger

Company mergers often fail for reasons comparable to the problems currently facing Europe, writes lawyer Benno Heussen. Cautiously optimistic about unionization, he argues that Europe's success will depend on the establishment of "flexible interfaces". [more]

04.04.2012


Stephan Wackwitz

8 1/2

Walks in Tbilisi

Exploring the Georgian capital Tbilisi, Stephan Wackwitz is reminded of Fellini's films of the 1960s, in which the coexistence of the poetic and the absurd acted as central metaphor of Italian society's position between the archaic and the modern. [more]

07.03.2012


Berthold Franke

Anger at Kohl

Franz Josef Strauss and other once controversial political figures of the old Federal Republic of Germany no longer arouse much emotion in erstwhile colleagues and observers. But Helmut Kohl is a very different story, writes Berthold Franke. [more]

08.02.2012


Christoph Schönberger

The unwilling hegemon

On Germany's position in the European Union

Having become the European hegemon against its will, Germany must now act as a moderating power and gauge diverging interests and powers within the EU, argues Christoph Schönberger. [more]

10.01.2012


Kathrin Passig

One voice above the rest

Avowedly enthusiastic about reader interaction, journalists in fact prefer to keep their distance, writes Kathrin Passig: readers might not be clever enough or worse, more clever. It's not sheer laziness but solid reasoning that lies behind journalists' aversion to participation. [more]

06.12.2011


Thomas E. Schmidt

The nature party

For the fledgling German Green Party, nature was both a term of political struggle and the basis for a new social morality. The Green horizon of self-induced annihilation has since led to a fundamental change in political agenda-setting. [more]

08.11.2011


Jörg Lau

The republic of outsiders

The outsider and non-conformist as saviour of the world: Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski took this revenge fantasy seriously, writes Jörg Lau. But what separates Kaczynski from his hero Thoreau, whose works paved the way for the civil rights movement and political ecology? [more]

15.09.2011


Georg Franck

The urban commons

On the sustainable city's challenge to urban planning culture

All of the ideas for a sustainable urban structure point to the compact city, but this might be a shortsighted view. What is needed now, Georg Franck suggests, is to fundamentally reconsider the organism that is the body of the city. [more]

07.09.2011


Konrad Adam

Education cannot be redistributed

The obligation to do more for poorer students is a legitimate mission of public education. But applying the idea of redistribution to educational policy can be dangerous, argues Konrad Adam. After all, education is not a zero-sum game in which one student wins what another has lost. [more]

17.08.2011


Bernhard Schlink

The culture of denunciation

A culture of historical denunciation is not contained to history, writes Bernhard Schlink: no present moment, when it becomes recent past, can withstand denunciation; there will always be new subjects about which to be morally scandalized. [more]

21.06.2011


Kathrin Passig

Swamps and salons

Bettering the quality of the discussions on blogs and Internet forums is an important task. But how? Is complete anonymity the best solution for cultivating civilized web debates? Are moderators necessary, and if so, who should select them? Kathrin Passig weighs up the options. [more]

03.05.2011


Georg Franck

Celebrities: The new cultural elite?

Attention is the currency of the new media, which like any other asset is profitable only when possessed in sufficient quantity, writes Georg Franck. There is nothing democratic about celebrity culture, where the media have the sole power to appoint the new elite. [more]

24.08.2011


Herfried Münkler

On neighbourhood

The advantages and disadvantages of partnership, membership and friendship

Where regional organizations get involved in relations between bordering states, it means that neighbours are unable to sort out problems between themselves. Two-way "special relationships" are necessary and strengthen the organization as a whole, writes Herfried Münkler. [more]

09.03.2011


Dietmar Voss

Make live and let die

Facets of bio-power

The economic form of life becomes the model for the individual relation to the self. Lifetime, acquired skills, education and pleasure have a single purpose: self-increase of imaginary life-capital. Dietmar Voss gets to the bottom of the homo economicus. [more]

09.02.2011


Yoram Hazony

Is the idea of the nation state outdated?

Israel from a European perspective

"It is not by some fluke that we constantly hear Israel and its soldiers constantly being compared to the Nazis." Israeli political philosopher Yoram Hazony seeks to explain European "rejection" of the Israeli nation and its actions through recourse to Thomas Kuhn's theory of the paradigm. [more]

11.01.2011


Kathrin Passig

The book, a money tree

Speculations about the future of the book that deal only with the switch from analogue to digital fall short of the mark, writes Kathrin Passig. The real issues to discuss are changes in reading habits, reasons for purchasing books and the social meanings of book owning. [more]

27.04.2011


Bernhard Schlink

The future of responsibility

The 19th and 20th centuries saw the institutionalizion of mutual solidarity. Lacking today, according to Bernhard Schlink, is a sense of responsibility that takes into account the effects of actions inherent to particular systems on society as a whole. [more]

03.11.2010


Kathrin Passig

Commonplaces of technology critique

What is it good for? A passing fad! It makes you stupid! Today's technology critique is tomorrow's embarrassing error of judgement. Kathrin Passig's suggestion: one should try to avoid repeating the most commonplace critiques, particularly in public. [more]

16.09.2010


Wolfgang Kersting

Threats to freedom

On the necessity of liberalism

"Those that see in the welfare state a cave in which morality can hibernate during the cold winter of capitalism are seriously mistaken", writes Wolfgang Kersting in a broadside against state paternalism. "Its system of incentives pander to the ego no less than the market." [more]

14.09.2010


Niels Werber

On the evolution of society

On Niklas Luhmann's "Political Sociology" and the virtues of waiting

Niklas Luhmann's theory helps explain why democratic competition between political parties leads not to diversity but to convergence; why commitment to "values" is so beloved in politics; and why the ability to wait is society's greatest virtue. [more]

02.08.2010


Walter Hollstein

The devalued man

The profound shift of the image of men in western culture has not been sufficiently discussed, writes Walter Hollstein. Misogyny has long been a recognized subject to which the public is continuously re-sensitized; "misandry", however, has yet to be addressed. [more]

07.07.2010


Hubert Markl

Nature reflected in the human mind

On Darwin's insights into the evolution of nature and culture

The human being is related to all animals and is at the same time unique, above all in the ability to empathize with others and in the passion for searching for a cause for every occurrences. Hubert Markl infers from this a definition of human freewill beyond acausality. [more]

14.06.2010


Henning Ritter

Philanthropy and atrocity

On Schopenhauer's ethics

Schopenhauer's emphasis on cruelty aligns him with the moral consciousness of the nineteenth century, writes Henning Ritter. The philanthropic enterprises of the time shared a secular approach to dealing with the facts of suffering that had elicited the philosopher's pessimism. [more]

11.05.2010


Heinz Theisen

The limits of universalism

After Afghanistan, the West must retract

As long as the West equates its sphere of influence with the universalism of human rights, each and every problem in the world threatens to become a problem for it, writes Heinz Theisen. "Politics, as the art of the possible, requires recognizing the boundaries of the possible." [more]

15.03.2010


Hansjörg Küster

Nature: Object of science and aesthetic category

In the natural sciences, transformation is more important than diversity, writes Hansjörg Küster. Conservation laws prevent us thinking about our landscapes, which are not always as natural as they seem. More research is needed into how landscape can be managed. [more]

03.02.2010


Gunter Schäble

Reducing CO2 -- and increasing growth!

Mankind, with its "lack of laziness", hyperactivity and dash of fatalism, is unflinchingly heading for climate catastrophe. The entrepreneurial spirit is celebrating new triumphs in the guise of environmentalism. [more]

12.01.2010


Ewa Hess, Hennric Jokeit

Neurocapitalism

The fear of depression, dementia and attention deficit disorder legitimizes the boom in neuro-psychotropic drugs. In a performance-driven society that confronts the self with its own shortcomings, neuroscience serves an expanding market. [more]

10.04.2013


Wolfgang Kemp

Group texts

A critical look at edited collections and research groups

The trend in academic publishing away from the peer review journal towards the conference reader and the exhibition catalogue has brought a drop in editorial standards, writes art historian Wolffgang Kemp. [more]

17.11.2009


Jörg Lau

The pathos of obstinacy

Civil courage and heroism

In the German discourse, "civil courage" replaces "heroism", which carries asscociations with the war ethos of earlier eras. But can civil courage truly be de-heroized? According to Jörg Lau, "people must come forward who are not afraid to 'act the hero'." [more]

22.09.2009


Rainer Paris

Equality

A systematic argument

"Propagandists of equality" claim that the struggle for equal distribution of resources is essentially the same as the struggle for elementary opportunities for participation. They have a lot to answer for, argues Rainer Paris. [more]

29.03.2011


Bernhard Schlink

"Morality goes without saying"

Hannah Arendt wrote that after the Holocaust and the Gulag, nobody in full possession of their senses can claim that "morality goes without saying". Yet the originator of this idea, the German philosopher Friedrich Theodor Vischer, was using sound Darwinist arguments that are not so easily refuted. [more]

08.07.2009


Ralf Dahrendorf

After the crisis, back to a Protestant ethic?

"After the financial crisis, back to a Protestant ethic?" Rather not, says Ralf Dahrendorf, but still: the reduced circumstances in which developed countries are finding themselves call for a return to a responsible, parsimonious capitalism. [more]

02.12.2009


Bodo Mrozek

The "Sonderweg" on foot

Walking as Germany's place of remembrance

"Given walking's role in the constitution of the German nation, one can assume that if there was a 'Sonderweg', then it was probably travelled on foot." Bodo Mrozek writes a short history of walking. [more]

07.04.2009


Helmut Fangmann

Observations on the construction of politics

Why political communication is geared towards electoral success rather than problem-solving

For politicians, making their point is more important than doing the right thing; for that reason, media and politics have developed "a strange, parasitic complementarity", argues Helmut Fangmann. [more]

10.03.2009


Peter Furth

On mass democracy

The situation according to Panajotis Kondylis

Mass democracy is a new social form that includes capitalism without the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. It is something like a caricature of the communist ideal of the classless society, writes Peter Furth. [more]

09.02.2009


Dina Khapaeva

History without memory

Gothic morality in post-Soviet society

The witches and werewolves of post-Soviet fantasy fiction embody the morality of a society in denial about its criminal past. Personal loyalty towards superiors and respect for hierarchy constitute gothic society's only uncontested law. [more]

02.02.2009


Ute Frevert

Those who solicit trust arouse mistrust

Political semantics between challenge and appeasement

As former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt recently commented, politicians depend on the trust of the electorate, yet forfeit this trust soon as they make an effort to solicit it. [more]

13.01.2009


Kenan Malik

Mistaken identity

Multiculturalist advocacy of collective rights opens the door for religious law to take precedence over civil law, argues Kenan Malik. Partly responsible is the idea that people are bearers of a particular culture as opposed to social and transformative beings. [more]

05.11.2008


Roger Scruton

Cities for living

Roger Scruton bemoans the "moral disaster" of cities in which "no one wishes to live, where public spaces are vandalized and private spaces boarded up". He lays the blame at the door of modern architecture à la Le Corbusier or Walter Gropius. Yet there is hope: the "New Urbanism" of Léon Krier. [more]

04.11.2008


Jörg Lau

Risk as religion, envy of the future

Who still marches at the forefront of progress?

The environmentalist debate of the 1970s and 80s gave rise to the theory that saw risk as the defining moment of modern society. Today, risk-oriented politics is itself seen as suspicious, writes Jörg Lau. [more]

15.09.2008


Ralph Bollmann

"Reform must cause discontent"

And its implementation is always a failure, as Joseph II experienced

Gerhard Schröder's reform programme "Agenda 2010" was successful yet it cost him his post. Two hundred years ago, Austrian Kaiser Joseph II experienced the same. A pattern of euphoria followed by rejection emerges, writes Ralph Bollmann. [more]

13.08.2008


Heinz Schlaffer

The fleeting perception of art

A feast of Adonis in Alexandria

To learn how people truly deal with art, writes Heinz Schlaffer, it is worth listening to Theocritus, a worldly poet who in a short play shows how two petty bourgeois women experience the Feast of Adonis in Alexandria 273 years BC. [more]

29.07.2008


Wolfgang Ullrich

Under the shower

Have you ever caught yourself musing about shower gel? Then you have been responding to what product designers call "cue management". Wolfgang Ullrich looks at how cue-management creates a set of stimulants for the senses and communicates these to the consumer. [more]

16.06.2008


Uwe Volkmann

The daily state of emergency

Or: Necessity knows many commandments

The state no longer keeps its distance; invasion of privacy, surveillance, CCTV, and strip searches influence the daily lives of ordinary people. Has the state of emergency shifted into society's interior for good? [more]

30.04.2008


Jens Hagestedt

On the difference between "serious" and "popular" music

"Good popular music is not advanced mathematics but it teaches us the basic multiplication table of emotions." Jens Hagestedt marks the distinction between serious and popular music while revealing the errors in the reasoning of popular music sceptics. [more]

14.04.2008


Rainer Hank

The incapacitation

How the state corrupts its citizens

The welfare state is considered one of Germany's greatest achievements. But even Bismarck called his own social legislation a kind of "state socialism", promising an authoritarian, guaranteed security rather than freedom. [more]

06.03.2008


Wolfgang Ullrich

Religion versus the religion of art

German art critics were outraged after the bishop of Cologne found Gerhard Richter's new stained-glass window for Cologne cathedral to be insufficiently religious. Their response reveals the enduring Romantic ideology of artistic genius, writes Wolfgang Ullrich. [more]

04.02.2008


Rainer Paris

Craziness

"Craziness only half believes in the ideology to which it prescribes, but also believes that it can't believe in anything else. The top priority becomes to constantly repel doubt via relentless activism." [more]

07.01.2008


Wolfgang Kemp

The science of others

Laymen's publications observed critically and with only slight irritation

The venerable sub-academic institution of laymen's publications has found a huge new platform in blogs. Is this cause for celebration or concern? [more]

11.12.2007


Jörg Lau

Muslims and the decadent West

Some commentators interpret young Muslims' self-segregation as the fault of the majority, writes Jörg Lau. What motivates this alliance between liberal self-critique and Muslim religiosity? [more]

23.11.2007


Thomas Speckmann

The imperial temptation

French foreign policy: rhetoric and reality

Contrary to belief, French and American political traditions have much in common. Both countries make global missionary claims; both are unaccustomed to pluralistic decision-making processes; and both find it hard to resist imperial temptations. [more]

30.10.2007


Heinrich Detering

The old man's magic horn

Bob Dylan's radio

Bob Dylan's "Theme Time Radio Hour" won over listeners and critics and broke broadcasting records. "Dylan undertook acoustic cross sections through the cultural archive of the US", writes Heinrich Detering. "Each of his themes contributed to a common mythical story -- just as every landscape, every social group, every state contributes to what is called 'America'." [more]

02.10.2007


Kathrin Passig

Military and decadence

War has always been the best means of suppressing decadence, with the soldier as the counterpart to the spoiled and softening civilian. The military's rejection of decadence, however, can be costly. [more]

28.08.2007


Karsten Fischer

Decadence as export hit

Semantics and strategy in the clash of cultural critique

The accusation of decadence is an old one, but now, for the first time, we must not deny it with disgust but can instead recognize it as a rhetorical strategy. [more]

28.08.2007


Siegfried Kohlhammer

"Put the past to use in the present!"

The Nanking Massacre and the politics of Chinese history

The Nanking Massacre serves as the paradigm for the victim perspective in Chinese nationalism. The Chinese government strikes a balance between promoting anti-Japanese sentiment and maintaining beneficial relations with Japan. [more]

03.07.2007


Martin Kloke

"The Zionist state as toehold of imperialism"

Forty years ago the New German Left turned anti-Israeli

Until the Six Day War of June 1967, sympathy for the Israeli state reigned on the Left. All that changed as the APO began to regard the Jewish state as a "toehold of US imperialism". According to Martin Kloke, anti-Zionism is now embedded in German society. [more]

05.06.2007


Klaus Laermann

Thoughts on the new function of writing

Nowadays, an empty surface not covered with advertising text induces horror vacui. Commerce and new media are changing the way we use and understand script, writes Klaus Laermann. [more]

14.05.2007


Hubert Markl

Learning to die in order to live

Medical advances combined with humanitarian dispositions mean that death is brutally dragged out beyond tolerability. We need a new "Ars moriendi", a new art of learning to die, in order to unlock the preciousness of life. [more]

10.04.2007


Burkhard Müller

The concept of God - and why we don't need it

In these newly religious times, it no longer seems superfluous to rearm the atheists with arguments. When push comes to shove, atheists can only trust their reason. [more]

22.03.2007


Marco Pautasso

Ich wäre gerne European

European identity as confusion of tongues? The Tower of Babel casts its shadow over Marco Pautasso's experiment in authentic European essay writing. [more]

12.03.2007


Hans-Peter Müller

On the future of the class society

While some Germans see nothing but pauperized masses, obdurate observers deny that social classes even exist. Hans-Peter Müller on the discourse and reality of today's class society. [more]

05.03.2007


Hermann Rudolph

The suppressed division

In the reunified Germany, the public memory of the division has been suppressed. But these four decades were crippling: more visibly in the East, less so in the West. [more]

03.01.2007


Wolf Dieter Enkelmann

Europe - nothing but a promise

A new narrative

Wanderlust has made Europe into a transcontinental continent. Will the world and its cultures ever be able to disentangle themselves from their Europeanization? [more]

30.11.2006


Siegfried Kohlhammer

The cultural bases for economic success

Why are there rich and poor countries? The relative prosperity of immigrant groups internationally suggests that it isn't geography, climate, or economic policy that decides the success of a country, but culture. [more]

24.10.2007


Jörg Lau

Self-esteem and self-improvement

The patriotism of the Berlin republic

In Germany, both Right and Left have shifted the patriotism discourse away from the past towards the present and the future. Following Richard Rorty's idea that patriotism is to a nation what self-esteem is to an individual, Jörg Lau welcomes the new patriotism's integrative potential. [more]

19.09.2006


Gustav Seibt

Dispatch from Oceania

An outsider's view of the absurdities, both great and small, of the official Berlin. [more]

19.09.2006


Stephan Wackwitz

In the national museum tradition invents itself

Cracow's monumental painting

The Polish national museum of nineteenth-century art does not represent a real past but the ideas of a group of conservatives from the last century. For contemporary Poland, however, it has become the authentic image of the past. [more]

14.08.2006


Volker Gerhardt

On the secular spirit of politics

It is not merely political freedom that leads to political independence from religion, but the freedom of faith that makes religion necessary. [more]

03.07.2006


Christoph Türcke

Blasphemy

On the structure of mass insult

Satire, a necessary instrument of rationalist critique, becomes triumphalist when directed at the humiliated. It was the perception of the Mohammed cartoons as the West's victorious mockery that so incensed the Islamic world. [more]

16.06.2006


 

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Siegfried Kohlhammer

The end of Europe?

Perspectives on Muslim integration

Never before has there been such material, legal and ideological support for immigrants as in today's Europe. Despite this, the facts show that integration is on the decline, writes Siegfried Kohlhammer. [more]

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