Post-modernism can be seen to be the discourse of cognition without an intention of intellectual reconstruction. E. Kiss, Hungarian Philosopher

Support versus Disciplining – Disciplining through Support

On the occasion of my recent visit in Warsaw were I attended a conference on which the translation of one of my books had been launched I had been after my presentation asked by Jan Smoleński from Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), an organisation of the Polish left if I would be available for an interview. Dealing with a critique … Continua a leggere

University Ranking – Should we really dare it?

A recent mail (24/05/2011 12:45) had been circulated by the President of UCC – showing the lack of dealing with current challenges. And to be clear: I do not consider this as personal failure of anybody involved in the following, and only to a limited extent as personal merit in other instances. Quickly from the … Continua a leggere

Social Pedagogy for the Entire Lifespan, Volume I

Now available is a new publication which may revive an old and never ended debate: Jacob Kornbeck / Niels Rosendal Jensen (Eds.): Social Pedagogy for the Entire Lifespan. Volume I. Es editor of the series Studies in Comparative Social Pedagogies and International Social Work and Social Policy I am glad to make this announcement. The … Continua a leggere

Philosophy of Kerbstones – An Interim Conclusion: Stones and Fields

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Добро пожаловать в Москву, Питер – I don’t really understand a word, only that hostage finally begins. Тимофей? – Yes, that is me, indeed! Timofey is my host, well a kind of. As usually on these occasions, especially in … Continua a leggere


Could one send any more appropriate quote from a conference of economists here at Moskovskij Gosudarstvennyj Universitet? Mathematics has the completely false reputation of yielding infallible conclusions. Its infallibility is nothing but identity. Two times two is not four, but it is just two times two, and that is what we call four for short. But … Continua a leggere


Managerialism is often seen as distinct “political form” of steering, formalist and led by technocrats, still on this ground serving specific interests: on the one hand seen as matter of “bad governance”, ignoring higher political virtues and based on individual greed; on the one hand as pure “administrative violence” to engineer neoliberakl interest. During today’s … Continua a leggere


Just this morning I heard a sentence in the audio book I am listening to while jogging – Thubron’s Shadow of the Silk Road. Not the best, but a blind hen occasionally picking a corn – and a pre-occuoied writer occasionally writing something true. It went like: Stories are not told as reflection of what … Continua a leggere

Social Quality – Sustainability

I took the opportunity to emphasise in today’s presentation at the All-Russian-Centre of Living Standard the dimension of sustainability as an important aspect that has to be increasingly looked at in the work on Social Quality. The  third book of the European Foundation on Social Quality which is now near to be send for publication … Continua a leggere

Worthwhile reading – History of social work canon

One of the messages conveyed during the ENSACT conference on Sustainable social development is that innovation is not always only connected to the future. We should also be learning from our past, both from successes and from failures. The international version of the History of Social Work Canon allows users to look back and learn … Continua a leggere