times we live in

Times we live in In this terrible moment we are victims clinging helplessly to an environment that refuses to acknowledge the soul Damien Hirst   Recently seen in the Museum Brandhorst – art has more to say than beauty

Democracy, Science and Business-isation of Academic Work

Again and again we hear about the democratic deficit – leaving aside the half-hearted debates on contemporary issues: der EU and the lack of democratic accountability, the oppressive demands by the IMF when it comes to national policies answering the crisis – the main critique is directed against so-called totalitarian theories, in particular Marxism. On … Continua a leggere

Social Quality From Theory to Indicators

Social Quality From Theory to Indicators Edited by Laurent J. G. Van Der Maesen and Alan Walker; Palgrave/MacMillan Now it is out – the publication is now available, the work done and at the same time it is just the point of departure for further elaboration of the social quality approach. This work started already … Continua a leggere

Having Time

“I do not have the time for that, I am just composing my 4th symphony.” According to the program of yesterday’s Bruckner-concert*: ‘This is the answer Anton Bruckner gave during the winter 1873/74, responding to the advise of one of his pupils to enjoy the ordinary niceties of life, to prefer the norms of the … Continua a leggere

Not the Time to Say Good-Bye

January 15th, looking back over the many years, one may even say: over an entire era that seems to be behind us, overcome – looking back to the 15th of January 1919 shows so clear that an era ended but this end is far from being the end of history. Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, … Continua a leggere

The Moor Back on Stage

The Moor has done his work – the Moor may go! Reference to this sentence from Schiller’s tragedy Fiesco, or the Genoese Conspiracy had been made on a recent occasion, raising concerns over the ongoing validity of the Europea Anthem. But one may also say that with the supposed post-modern era all this doesn’t play … Continua a leggere

some old new stuff

Forgot to mention: some lectures are again available on the web as video files – these are giving some insight into the social quality approach. As advisor of the Foundation on Social Quality I had been invited to give these lectures while I worked in 2010 as visiting fellow at the Cairns Institute of the … Continua a leggere


Don’t trust any statistics you didn’t manipulate at your own. Supposedly it had been Churchill who said these words. Otbher words, saying something similar are attributed to Mark Twain: There are three kinds of lies: lies, dirty lies and statistics. Of course, one hs to be careful with such broad statements. But there is good … Continua a leggere


Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand. (Albert Einstein)

that’s mad … – sure, but what?

Greetings from the ivory tower of academia 😉 Off now to theatre: ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ – Leaving ivory tower to see the real world Of course, it had been meant to be a joke when I wrote in an e-mail, before leaving office yesterday. And being there in Munich’s Volkstheater, sitting next … Continua a leggere