… 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

At least somewhat ‘strange’ or: occupying the occupied

At least somewhat ‘strange’ – or at least remarkable: the fact of being occupied by social spaces and occupying social spaces, namely cities. It is several years ago that I visited Vienna the first time, and I returned a couple of times. The first time was somewhat unpleasant – unpleasant in terms of disliking the … Continua a leggere

Dulcinea …

PS: why we all need our Dulcinea … – or: carrying on the dream. May-day not anymore … – back to everyday …!! ?? Facts are the enemies of truth as Cervantes says in his defense … – And he says it is the most severe frenzy to see life as it is and not as … Continua a leggere


or: learning and living and teaching Europe … To be more precise: it is not May-Day but the evening before the 1st of May – Uli said the other day: it is in Vienna a special cultural event and if you are around you have to go to the town hall … – surely not … 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


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

Sharing economy …

… or being Pawlowian dog? There are so many “likes” and endorsements and people one “knows”, i.e. with whom one is “friends” or to whom one is linked in, gated in a research “community” …, and one gets frequently messages about having been found or people following you on academic sites while you are yourself … Continua a leggere

suicides, murders … and no gravediggers???

Or: the Loneliness of the Scientist, While Trying to Escape the Murderers It is remarkable I think – especially as it is one of these issues we all know, and state repeatedly. It is about the political animal – explored in Aristotle’s Politics -, and the not less important aspect, highlighted by Marx in The Grundrisse, … Continua a leggere

The power of love – the love of power … The need for genuine truth

I am sure many of you know it: What Did I Do Is For Your Own Good – apparently “one of these videos”, going viral … (sorry, it is youtube but you may manage – or look for “What Did I Do Is For Your Own Good」 – Shanghai Rainbow Chamber Singers” Can make somebody … Continua a leggere

The Three Wise Monkeys of our Age

Indeed, stunning and beautiful, Harbin Ice And Snow Sculpture Festival but perhaps also showing some danger of our times … of celebrating the cold … … leaving us without words, forgetting the warmth of words and pushing us into the standards of the new world, mentioned by Lewis Mumford, talking in his book an The Myth … Continua a leggere