HUMANISTIC DISCUSSION

Jean Grondin25. 5. 2020

How revolutions happen
Another lesson from the monastic lockdown

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. For the professors of today, the forced confinement means an interruption from the distraction of conferences and gatherings which are often unproductive. Most can now concentrate on their essential work, of thinking, contemplating ideas, reading, writing and supervising graduate students. Most of us will have easy access to books, articles and documentary sources, but also to the best literature, poetry and music of the world at our fingertips.

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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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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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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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