HUMANISTIC DISCUSSION

Florian Kührer-Wielach / 4. 6. 2020

A virus is first of all a virus, an entity with which we have always lived together in this world and which can occasionally become an acute problem. What is new and malignant is not only this corona virus, but also the quality of the supposed powerlessness, the acute lack of alternatives, which causes us to shift all aspects of a regained ability to act into the world of tomorrow.

But already now we want to give the crisis a meaning, and it works quite well: just as its (stylized) appearance illustrates, the virus allows us to “dock” in many different ways. It becomes a discourse hub for ideological and eschatological dreams or nightmares. It is as if we had secretly longed for this crisis: to finally pause, time to discern the spirits, to create a new world while the old one perishes. Everything will be better, more human, greener.

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Erhard Busek / 28. 5. 2020

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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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