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Socratic Dialogues in Spring, Easter week
April 13 @ 18:00 - April 18 @ 13:00 CEST
The following Socratic Dialogues took place during Easter Week:
Socratic Dialogues in German
Ralph Bröcker: mathematical topic
In the mathematical dialogue, the participants work on a concrete mathematical topic presented by the facilitator under a question of their own choice and they seek together an answer to this question in dialogue. The mathematical topic is chosen so that all participants have access to it and can participate with pleasure in the common reflection and the mutual understanding of each other. The mathematical language is suitable for everyone, even for those who consider their mathematical knowledge low. Because the starting position of the dialogue should be as equal as possible for all participants, the mathematical problems are only announced at the beginning of the dialogue.
Klaus Blesenkemper: What does it mean to act on one’s own responsibility?
To be responsible, to assume responsibility, to act responsibly – these are demands that we often make with good reason in our private lives and in public discourse. However, it is not always quite clear what is meant by this or what moments responsibility includes. There seems to be even more need for clarification with regard to the imposition that one should act responsibly. What is the difference between responsibility and self-responsibility? What role(s) does the self play in the latter type of responsibility? Or are responsibility and self-responsibility in essence just two words for one and the same normative term?
We want to get to the bottom of these and possibly further questions on self-responsibility in a neo-socratic way and thus possibly also open up the existential meaning of self-responsibility.
Hans-Peter Griewatz: Work and self-determination – Is work a necessary evil or part of human freedom?
According to Karl Marx, man is the working being and human practice is determined by work. In fact, it seems that modern life is largely structured and organized by work. But we also speak of work outside our gainful employment, for example, when we speak of relationship work, emotional work and grief work. This does not yet answer the question of human self-determination. Is work therefore a necessary evil or is it part of human self-determination and freedom? These and other questions I would like to pursue with you in the Socratic Week.
Socratic Dialogues in English
The dialogues will be held successively, half of the time is devoted to each topic
Unathi Ndlwana: Under What Circumstances is it right to disagree?
In recent times, we have seen our world submerged in protest against borders and boundaries that imposelimits for others to exercise their independence and states of freedom. From the Scottish Referendum, to Brexit, the Catalonia Referendum for autonomy, the Caledonian Referendum for independence to the current threat of an EU Referendum in Italy. Equally so, the counter arguments against these protests.We also, from time to time, find ourselves in disagreements (protests) with institutions that form an integralpart of our identities. These institutions could range from family, marriage, friendships, employment, gendersubjectivity, religion, local and national politics etc. Very often, these disagreements are justified as righteousby those in protest and unjust by their recipients. What aspects then, do we need to examine before we make known to ourselves and others of our discontents? And equally, as recipients of protest, what do we need to put in place to surge our acknowledgement of crucial contentions of those in protest? Drawing from our experiences of disagreements in our lives, we might just help ourselves to work towards finding answers.
Ana Sanz Fuentes: How can I know if I am a reasonable person?
In many situations we assume that a reasonable behaviour is needed in order to arrive at the desired outcomeswe are looking for. In our personal and professional relationships, in negotiations or in social interactions there are several circumstances in which we need to think and act according to reason and behave reasonably to fulfil our aims. One of the main premises of entering in a dialogue with others is that all of the subjectsinvolved will be reasonable, or willing to become reasonable if someone makes them aware of a nonreasonablebehaviour. In this dialogue we will explore through our personal experience which the criteria arewe can use for recognizing ourselves as reasonable subjects.