HUMANISTIC DISCUSSION

Erhard Busek / 28. 5. 2020

Dear Friend,

Many thanks for the first contribution to the Forum for the Humanities. What are you intending to do to make it a real instrument of exchange of ideas? From my Austrian experience I would say, that the human rights under auspices of crises should be discussed, because we are the tough voice of oppositions concerning the limits of freedom we had during the fight against the virus. On the other side there were also voices that we shall forget the endangered groups (older generation), because the situation of economy is more important for the human beings. I think this is a very interesting question. So far my further contribution.

Peter Hanenberg / 26. 5. 2020

It is not uncommon for politics and the media to refer to crises as wars. It helps frame the situation and concentrate efforts on fighting a cause, the more so as this cause is a living organism with an identity: Sars-CoV 2.

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Werner Wintersteiner / 25. 5. 2020

Times of crisis are moments of learning. They are therefore also times of political dispute: What is the significance of the events? Which measures have proven effective? How should things continue after the crisis?

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Babette Babich / 25. 5. 2020

There is tremendous disquiet all around — enough for a lifetime and a half, lived and unlived. But in this time of crisis, scholars otherwise keen to pick through Heidegger’s Nazi enabling complicity, attuned to what he said or wrote — or failed to say or failed to write — find themselves repeating currently standard government edicts.

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Erhard Busek / 12. 5. 2020

I think the first step should be to analyze, which right and wrong directions we are within the discussion of the corona crises. I would say, there were a lot of wrong comparisons for example to compare it with the results of the World War II.

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Jean Grondin25. 5. 2020

For intellectuals and academics, at least those blessed with relatively good health, the lockdown is not necessarily a major inconvenience, nor all that unusual. Descartes conducted his meditations isolated, or alone with God, by his fireplace. Our own secular age is now rediscovering the virtues of monasticism.

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Bernhard Waldenfels / 14. 5. 2020

Ein überraschend auftretender Virus ist etwas, das uns widerfährt, bevor das Für und Wider einsetzt. Wie kann man davon reden, ohne es wegzureden? Was kann ein Philosoph dazu beisteuern?

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