… trapped …

Not avoiding the hazard actually means being trapped, condemned to the worst of all things: eternal life …. – is that what Hesse meant in his novel Steppenwolf? “Gentlemen, there stands before you Harry Haller, accused and found guilty of the willful misuse of our Magic Theater. Haller has not alone insulted the majesty of art … Continua a leggere

Lectionis et Seminario – De sociali et politica in Europea

European Integration – a failed political and social union? 2017 S. BA-Course at the University of Vienna, Department of Political Science. A series of fifteen sessions delivered at the University of Vienna, Department of Political Science. The series is looking at the process of European integration – a wide topic looked at under the guiding question … Continua a leggere

Post-Easter Message

This should not be forgotten, now, when returning from the mysteries of metaphysical celebrations. At first sight, this mode of thinking seems to us very luminous, because it is that of so-called sound commonsense. Only sound commonsense, respectable fellow that he is, in the homely realm of his own four walls, has very wonderful adventures directly … Continua a leggere

… no waiting anymore …

finally the short holidays are over, back to the students and the seminars, the really exciting side of teaching … so no waiting anymore, not even for Godot Vien dietro a me, e lascia dir le genti: sta come torre ferma, che non crolla già mai la cima per soffiar di venti … Dante Alighieri: La Divina commedia … Continua a leggere

Inizio

Considerate la vostra semenza: fatti non foste a viver come bruti, ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza”. (Dante: Inferno -Canto ventiseiesimo)

Infantilisation

isn’t there such discussion in political science and sociology? The EU is trendy and we all are creating and shaping Europe now. Listening to what the leader says and looking at how they expand on it is as rich in content as what we are all asked do now. Some of my earlier, though recent thoughts on … Continua a leggere

site update

A brief note on a “change” of the blog. Two new categories are added: Aphorisms from living in and between worlds – impressions and conversations It is a bit about thoughts on life and its philosophy, and also about joys of life. But it is more like taking up on the Diary from a Journey into … Continua a leggere

impressions ….

Too often in today’s life and academic thinking we are (following what we are required to do:) jumping from one to the next stepping stone, barely being allowed to think about building bridges, let alone building them.

Peanuts …

A commonly known – und uncontested – pattern is that people who are more or less poor, have to turn every cent, 人民币, копейка, centavo … around and round before spending it … – so different to those who have enough, barely looking at the denomination. And so it is as well on the “other … Continua a leggere

truth, genuinely …

“The Superior Man is aware of Righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.” (Confucius) Today to be added?! The genius of our times of mendacities is well aware of the ways and means to present him/herself as being righteous, doing so in a charismatically “Catholicist” way and does so in favour of own advantage, while … Continua a leggere